Anton Stepanovich Arensky


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Anton Stepanovich Arensky (12 July [O.S. 30 June] 1861 – 25 February [O.S. 12 February] 1906), was aRussian composer of Romantic classical music, a pianist and a professor of music.

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Biography[edit]

Arensky was born in Novgorod, Russia. He was musically precocious and had composed a number of songs and piano pieces by the age of nine. With his mother and father, he moved to Saint Petersburg in 1879, where he studied composition at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

After graduating from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1882, Arensky became a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Among his students there were Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Gretchaninov. See: List of music students by teacher: A to F#Anton Arensky.

In 1895 Arensky returned to Saint Petersburg as the director of the Imperial Choir, a post for which he had been recommended by Mily Balakirev. Arensky retired from this position in 1901, spending his remaining time as a pianist, conductor, and composer.

Arensky died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Perkjärvi, Finland at the age of 44. It is alleged that drinking and gambling undermined his health. The Antarctic Arensky Glacier was named after him.

Music[edit]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was the greatest influence on Arensky's musical compositions. Indeed, Rimsky-Korsakov said, "In his youth Arensky did not escape some influence from me; later the influence came from Tchaikovsky. He will quickly be forgotten." The perception that he lacked a distinctive personal style contributed to long-term neglect of his music, though in recent years a large number of his compositions have been recorded. Especially popular are the Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky for string orchestra, Op. 35a - arranged from the slow movement of Arensky's 2nd string quartet, and based on one of Tchaikovsky's Songs for Children, Op. 54.

Arensky was perhaps at his best in chamber music, in which genre he wrote two string quartets, two piano trios, and a piano quintet.

Selected works[edit]

Opera[edit]

Ballet[edit]

Orchestral[edit]

Pamyati Suvorova (To the Memory of Suvorov) (1900)

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  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 2 (1881)
  • Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op. 4 (1883)
  • Intermezzo in G minor, Op. 13 (1882)
  • Symphony No. 2 in A major, Op. 22 (1889)
  • Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a, for string orchestra (1894)
  • Fantasia on Themes of Ryabinin, Op. 48, for piano and orchestra (1899), also known as Fantasia on Russian Folksongs
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 54 (1891)
  • Pamyati Suvorova (To the Memory of Suvorov, 1900)

Chamber[edit]

  • String Quartet No. 1 in G major, Op. 11
  • Serenade, Op. 30, No. 2, for violin and piano
  • Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32 (1894)
  • String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35 (1894), for violin, viola and two cellos
  • Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51
  • Two Pieces, Op. 12, for cello and piano
  • Four Pieces, Op. 56, for cello and piano
  • Piano Trio No. 2 in F minor, Op. 73 (1905)

Piano[edit]

(for solo piano unless otherwise specified)

  • Suite for Two Pianos No. 1 in F major, Op. 15 (1888)
  • Suite for Two Pianos No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" (1892), also orchestral version
  • Impromptu No. 1, Op. 25
  • Suite for Two Pianos No. 3 in C major, Op. 33, "Variations" (pub. 1894), also orchestral version
  • 24 Morceaux caractéristiques, Op. 36 (covering all 24 major and minor keys)
  • Four Etudes, Op. 41
  • Suite for Two Pianos No. 4, Op. 62 (1903)
  • Twelve Preludes, Op. 63
  • Twelve Pieces for Two Pianos, Op. 66
  • Twelve Etudes, Op. 74

Choral[edit]

  • Cantata for the Tenth Anniversary of the Sacred Coronation of Their Imperial Highnesses, Op. 25 (1893)
  • The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Op. 46, cantata
  • The Diver, Op. 61, cantata

Solo vocal[edit]

  • Three Vocal Quartets, Op. 57, with cello accompaniment

Arrangements of Arensky's music[edit]

  • Tempo di Valse from the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op.54, arranged for violin and piano by Jascha Heifetz performed in this video by violinist Nate Robinson onYouTube

External links[edit]

Wikisource has the text of a 1922 Encyclopædia Britannica article aboutAnton Arensky.







ANTON STEPANOVICH ARENSKY  

(1861 - 1906)


The Russian composer, conductor and pianist Anton Arensky was a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov at St Petersburg Conservatory and later taught at the Conservatory in Moscow, where his pupils included Rachmaninov and Scriabin. His compositions often reflect the influence of other composers, more particularly that of Tchaikovsky. He was musical director of the Imperial Chapel in St Petersburg from 1895 until 1901, and thereafter he continued his career as composer, pianist and conductor, travelling widely in the last two capacities.

Orchestral Music

Arensky wrote two symphonies and a violin concerto, as well as a set of variations for strings on a theme by Tchaikovsky, a work originally for string quartet. His first orchestral suite has been supplemented by orchestrated versions of two suites originally for two pianos.

Chamber and Instrumental Music

The best known of Arensky’s compositions is his Piano Trio in D minor, the first of two such works. This was written in 1894 and shows something of the influence of Mendelssohn. His five suites, either for two pianos or piano duet, include Silhouettes—a set of five character pieces (Suite No. 2)—and the Children’s Suite (Suite No. 5).

Stage Works

Arensky won some success in 1891 with the performance at the Bolshoi in Moscow of his operaSon na Volge (‘Dream on the Volga’). A second opera, Rafael, offers a fictitious episode in the life of the Renaissance painter; a romantic song performed by an off-stage singer became a useful addition to the tenor repertoire. The ballet ?gipetskiye nochi (‘Egyptian Nights’), with the choreographer Fokin, was written in 1900 and first staged in St Petersburg in 1908. The plot revolves around Cleopatra and an infatuated lover, who is finally reconciled to his first love.





Role: Classical Composer

Album Title

Catalogue No

Work Category


40 TRACKS FOR 40 YEARS - Delos' 40th Anniversary Celebration

Delos

DE3440

Opera

ARENSKY, A.: Piano Concerto / Ryabinin Fantasia / To the Memory of Suvorov / Symphonic Scherzo (Scherbakov, Russian Philharmonic, Yablonsky)

Naxos

8.570526

Orchestral, Concertos

ARENSKY, A.: Piano Music - 6 Pieces, Op. 53 / Etudes, Opp. 41 and 74 / Pres de la mer (Neiman)

Naxos

8.572233

Instrumental

ARENSKY, A.: Piano Trio No. 1 / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.: Piano Trio in A Minor (Cardenes, Solow, Golabek)

Delos

DE3056

Chamber Music

ARENSKY, A.S.: Raphael [Opera] / Songs and Romances

Delos

DE3319

Vocal, Opera

ARENSKY, A.S.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Piano Quintet (Ying Quartet, Neiman)

Dorian Sono Luminus

DSL-92143

Chamber Music

ARENSKY, A.S.: Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky / GLAZUNOV, A.K.: Suite for String Quartet (Slavonic Serenades) (Moscow Symphony, Stratton)

Dorian Sono Luminus

DIS-80144

Orchestral

ARENSKY: Egyptian Nights

Marco Polo

8.225028

Ballet

ARENSKY: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Piano Quintet, Op. 51

Marco Polo

8.223811

Chamber Music

ARENSKY: Suites for 2 Pianos Nos. 1-5

Marco Polo

8.223497

Instrumental

ARENSKY: Suites Nos. 1-3

Naxos

8.553768

Orchestral

CONUS, J.: Violin Concerto / WEINBERG, M.: Violin Concertino / ARENSKY, A.S.: Violin Concerto (Russian Violin Concertos) (Ostrovsky, T. Sanderling)

Naxos

8.572631

Concertos

DOHNANYI, E.: Serenade in C Major / ARENSKY, A.: String Quartet No. 2 (Live from El Paso Pro-Musica January 7, 2006) (Schmidt)

Delos

DE1040

Chamber Music

Dorian Sampler, Vol. 5

Dorian Sono Luminus

DOR-90005

Chamber Music

GREATS of the GRAMOPHONE, Vol. 1

Naxos Nostalgia

8.120569

Nostalgia

Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 2 (1946-1947)

Naxos Historical

8.112073

Chamber Music

MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - MOSCOW AND THE GOLDEN RING (NTSC)

Naxos

2.110507

Classical Concert

Opera Arias (Tenor): Shtoda, Daniil - RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / TCHAIKOVKSY, P.I. / DARGOMYZHSKY, A.S. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KHRENNIKOV, T.N.

Delos

DE3348

Opera

OPERA GALA - 35th Anniversary (A Tribute to Delos Founder Amelia S. Haygood)

Delos

DE3395

Opera

Piano Duo Recital: Magalhaes, Luis / Schumann, Nina - BRAHMS, J. / ARENSKY, A. / LUTOSLAWSKI, W. / COPLAND, A.

TwoPianists

TP1039022

Instrumental

PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings (1939, 1954)

Naxos Historical

8.111142-44

Vocal

RUSSIAN OPERA ARIAS, Vol. 1

Naxos

8.554843

Opera, Orchestral

TCHAIKOVSKY / ARENSKY: Piano Trios

Naxos

8.550467

Chamber Music

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Trio, Op. 50 / ARENSKY, A.S.: Piano Trio No. 1 (The Rembrandt Trio)

Dorian Sono Luminus

DOR-90146

Chamber Music

TCHEREPNIN: 5 Concert Etudes / GOULD: Pieces of China / ADAMS: China Gates

BIS

BIS-CD-1110

Instrumental

UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Compliments of the United States Navy Band

The Robert Hoe Collection

75442219762

Wind Ensemble/Band Music

WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 1 (1926-1952)

Naxos Historical

8.111120

Instrumental



ANTON STEPANOVICH ARENSKY  

(1861 - 1906)


The Russian composer, conductor and pianist Anton Arensky was a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov at St Petersburg Conservatory and later taught at the Conservatory in Moscow, where his pupils included Rachmaninov and Scriabin. His compositions often reflect the influence of other composers, more particularly that of Tchaikovsky. He was musical director of the Imperial Chapel in St Petersburg from 1895 until 1901, and thereafter he continued his career as composer, pianist and conductor, travelling widely in the last two capacities.

Orchestral Music

Arensky wrote two symphonies and a violin concerto, as well as a set of variations for strings on a theme by Tchaikovsky, a work originally for string quartet. His first orchestral suite has been supplemented by orchestrated versions of two suites originally for two pianos.

Chamber and Instrumental Music

The best known of Arensky’s compositions is his Piano Trio in D minor, the first of two such works. This was written in 1894 and shows something of the influence of Mendelssohn. His five suites, either for two pianos or piano duet, include Silhouettes—a set of five character pieces (Suite No. 2)—and the Children’s Suite (Suite No. 5).

Stage Works

Arensky won some success in 1891 with the performance at the Bolshoi in Moscow of his operaSon na Volge (‘Dream on the Volga’). A second opera, Rafael, offers a fictitious episode in the life of the Renaissance painter; a romantic song performed by an off-stage singer became a useful addition to the tenor repertoire. The ballet ?gipetskiye nochi (‘Egyptian Nights’), with the choreographer Fokin, was written in 1900 and first staged in St Petersburg in 1908. The plot revolves around Cleopatra and an infatuated lover, who is finally reconciled to his first love.





Role: Classical Composer

Album Title

Catalogue No

Work Category


40 TRACKS FOR 40 YEARS - Delos' 40th Anniversary Celebration

Delos

DE3440

Opera

ARENSKY, A.: Piano Concerto / Ryabinin Fantasia / To the Memory of Suvorov / Symphonic Scherzo (Scherbakov, Russian Philharmonic, Yablonsky)

Naxos

8.570526

Orchestral, Concertos

ARENSKY, A.: Piano Music - 6 Pieces, Op. 53 / Etudes, Opp. 41 and 74 / Pres de la mer (Neiman)

Naxos

8.572233

Instrumental

ARENSKY, A.: Piano Trio No. 1 / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.: Piano Trio in A Minor (Cardenes, Solow, Golabek)

Delos

DE3056

Chamber Music

ARENSKY, A.S.: Raphael [Opera] / Songs and Romances

Delos

DE3319

Vocal, Opera

ARENSKY, A.S.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Piano Quintet (Ying Quartet, Neiman)

Dorian Sono Luminus

DSL-92143

Chamber Music

ARENSKY, A.S.: Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky / GLAZUNOV, A.K.: Suite for String Quartet (Slavonic Serenades) (Moscow Symphony, Stratton)

Dorian Sono Luminus

DIS-80144

Orchestral

ARENSKY: Egyptian Nights

Marco Polo

8.225028

Ballet

ARENSKY: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Piano Quintet, Op. 51

Marco Polo

8.223811

Chamber Music

ARENSKY: Suites for 2 Pianos Nos. 1-5

Marco Polo

8.223497

Instrumental

ARENSKY: Suites Nos. 1-3

Naxos

8.553768

Orchestral

CONUS, J.: Violin Concerto / WEINBERG, M.: Violin Concertino / ARENSKY, A.S.: Violin Concerto (Russian Violin Concertos) (Ostrovsky, T. Sanderling)

Naxos

8.572631

Concertos

DOHNANYI, E.: Serenade in C Major / ARENSKY, A.: String Quartet No. 2 (Live from El Paso Pro-Musica January 7, 2006) (Schmidt)

Delos

DE1040

Chamber Music

Dorian Sampler, Vol. 5

Dorian Sono Luminus

DOR-90005

Chamber Music

GREATS of the GRAMOPHONE, Vol. 1

Naxos Nostalgia

8.120569

Nostalgia

Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 2 (1946-1947)

Naxos Historical

8.112073

Chamber Music

MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - MOSCOW AND THE GOLDEN RING (NTSC)

Naxos

2.110507

Classical Concert

Opera Arias (Tenor): Shtoda, Daniil - RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / TCHAIKOVKSY, P.I. / DARGOMYZHSKY, A.S. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KHRENNIKOV, T.N.

Delos

DE3348

Opera

OPERA GALA - 35th Anniversary (A Tribute to Delos Founder Amelia S. Haygood)

Delos

DE3395

Opera

Piano Duo Recital: Magalhaes, Luis / Schumann, Nina - BRAHMS, J. / ARENSKY, A. / LUTOSLAWSKI, W. / COPLAND, A.

TwoPianists

TP1039022

Instrumental

PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings (1939, 1954)

Naxos Historical

8.111142-44

Vocal

RUSSIAN OPERA ARIAS, Vol. 1

Naxos

8.554843

Opera, Orchestral

TCHAIKOVSKY / ARENSKY: Piano Trios

Naxos

8.550467

Chamber Music

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Trio, Op. 50 / ARENSKY, A.S.: Piano Trio No. 1 (The Rembrandt Trio)

Dorian Sono Luminus

DOR-90146

Chamber Music

TCHEREPNIN: 5 Concert Etudes / GOULD: Pieces of China / ADAMS: China Gates

BIS

BIS-CD-1110

Instrumental

UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Compliments of the United States Navy Band

The Robert Hoe Collection

75442219762

Wind Ensemble/Band Music

WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 1 (1926-1952)

Naxos Historical

8.111120

Instrumental


Arensky, Anton (Stepanovich) (b Novgorod, 1861; d Terijoki, Finland, 1906). Russ. composer. Prof. of harmony and counterpoint, Moscow Cons. 1882. Comp. 3 operas, 2 str. qts., and 2 syms., but best-known works are the pf. conc., vn. conc. in A minor, pf. trio in D minor (in memory of the cellist Davidov),Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky for str., and many pf. pieces.