|ORCHESTRA: First Symphony; Prelude and Fugue (for piano and orchestra); Scherzo; Chanticleer; Symphony, no. 2; Suite.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC: Quartet for Piano and Strings; Three Pieces for Flute, Harp and String Quartet; Intermezzo; String Quartet on Negro Themes; Variations for String Quartet; Fanny Blair; Birthday Serenade.|
|Pieces for piano, songs, etc.|
About Daniel Gregory Mason:
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" Medtner is another proof that it is possible to work in the ordinary harmonic medium--developing it in complexity, of course, according to the necessities of the idea--and yet convey an expression of complete originality."--ERNEST NEWMAN
NIKOLAI RASLOVITCH MEDTNER, whom critics have often referred to as the "Russian Brahms," was born in Moscow on December 24, 1879 to a family where artistic and cultural interests were widely pursued. Both his parents were German. His father, the director of a Moscow factory, was a lover of literature and his passion for Russian literature and for Goethe was intense; his mother, at one time a singer, was the musical representative of the family.
Music obsessed Nikolai's life from the very first. As a mere child, he studied how to produce pleasant sounds from a violin without the aid of professional instruction; as a boy he founded a house-orchestra together with his brother, Alexander, and some friends, which performed regular concerts at his home; and as soon as he could hold a pen steadily in his hands it was directed across the five lines of music-paper in the production of original music. In his sixth year, systematic musical training in the pianoforte was acquired for____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Composers of Today:A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations. Contributors: David Ewen - Editor, David Ewen - Compiler. Publisher: H. W. Wilson. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1934. Page number: 168.
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