Sergei Taneyev

Sergei Taneyev

Birth
Vladimir, Vladimir Oblast, Russia
Death 19 Jun 1915 (aged 58)
Moscow Oblast, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Memorial ID 14718751 · View Source
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Composer/musician. Sergei Taneyev was born to an aristocratic Russian family. His uncle, Alexander Sergeevich Taneyev, was also a composer, while his first cousin, Anna Vyrubova, was highly influential at the royal court.Taneyev began piano lessons at age 5 and began his formal musical training at age 9 in 1866 at the Moscow Conservatory (the year of its foundation). He later studied composition with Peter Tchaikovsky and piano with Nikolai Rubinstein. Taneyev graduated in 1875, the first student in the history of the Conservatory to win the gold medal both for composition and for performing (piano). He later served as the school's director from 1885-1889.Taneyev was quite cosmopolitan, visiting Western European countries (Germany, France & Italy among them). Taneyev eventually settled in Paris where he hoped to advance his musical career, eventually meeting with Ivan Turgenev, Gustave Flaubert, César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns and others. It is well-known that the great majority of his output is western European in flavor, and was particularly influenced by German Romanticism rather than the prevailing Russian nationalist school. His pupils included Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninov, Reinhold Glière, Paul Juon and Nikolai Medtner. During the summers of 1895 and 1896, Taneyev was a guest of Count Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sofia at Yasnaya Polyana. Sofia developed an attraction to the composer which embarrassed her children and made Tolstoy jealous. Sofia's and Taneyev's mutual infatuation later became the basis for Tolstoy's Kreutzer Sonata. Taneyev battled with alcoholism in his later years and eventually died from pneumonia contracted after attending the funeral of his former pupil Alexander Scriabin. A small museum is dedicated to Sergei Taneyev in Dyudkovo, where he died. There is also a section of Tchaikovsky Museum in Klin dedicated to his work and memory.

Bio by: Malcolm Nicoll


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  • Originally Created by: Malcolm Nicoll
  • Added: 24 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14718751
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sergei Taneyev (25 Nov 1856–19 Jun 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14718751, citing Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .