|ORCHESTRA : Portrait of A Lady; Through the Looking Glass; Jurgen; Circus Day; A Kiss in Xandu.|
About Deems Taylor:
Bauer Marion. Twentieth Century Music; Howard J. T. Our American Music.
Important recordings of music by Deems Taylor:
VICTOR : "Nay, Maccus"; "Oh, Caesar!" from The King's Henchman ( Tibbett).
ALEXANDER NIKOLAEVICH TCHEREPNINE, the son of the famous composer Nikolai Tcherepnine,1 was born in St. Petersburg on January 8, 1899. Born in a musical atmosphere, it was inevitable that Alexander should turn his interests to music at an early age. His precocity was unusual, and as a student of his father and then of Liadov, he revealed unusual creative gifts. As a mere boy, he composed songs of sufficient talent to warrant their publication with Belaiev. Upon completing his musical studies in St. Petersburg, he was able--in his nineteenth year-- to assume the directorship of the Tiflis Opera.
The Revolution interrupted his musical activities, and the Tcherepnine family, not in sympathy with the new government, had to flee out of Russia. An Italian steamer brought them to Constantinople; from Constantinople they came to Marseilles; and from Marseilles to their final destination, Paris, which was now to become their second home.
In Paris, Alexander Tcherepnine's musical life was to begin anew. He entered the Paris Conservatory in order to acquire greater firmness in his musical technique, and also to come into closer association with French idiom in composition. He lived for a while in comparative obscurity as a composer, while his pen was amazingly prolific, until his professor of piano at the Conservatory, Isidor Phillip, glanced over some of his music and was so impressed with the talent it displayed that he began to publicize Tcherepnine's name in music circles. As a result, when upon graduation from the Conservatory Tcherepnine began his musical career in Paris as a concert-pianist and composer, he found an influential audience ready to acclaim him.
He made his debut as a composer and pianist simultaneously when, in 1923, he introduced his First Piano Concerto with the Monte Carlo Orchestra. This performance did much to attract attention to Tcherepnine from all musical Paris, which discovered, much to its surprise, that this young composer had something approaching forty published works to his credit, and many of them works of indisputable merit. It was not long, therefore, before Tcherepnine was regarded in Paris as a very important composer, one of the more significant among the younger men who were rising to prominence.
In 1924-1925Tcherepnine worked upon what is probably his most important creation to date, the opera Ol-Ol --based on Leonid Andreyev The Days of Our Life--which, at its première in Weimar in 1928 and its introduction to New York City on February 13, 1934 by a visiting Russian Opera Company, made a very marked impression upon music critics who hailed it as one of the most interesting Russian operas of recent years.____________________