Feinberg, Samuel Yevgenyevich

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FEINBERG, SAMUEL YEVGENYEVICH (1890–1962), pianist and composer. Born in Odessa, Feinberg graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1911 (as a pianist, class of Gold-enveizer) and was appointed professor of piano (from 1922) and director of the piano faculty from 1936 until his death. As a composer he studied with Zhilyaev and was a member of the ASM (Association of Contemporary Music). His music was modernist and influenced by Scriabin, although it frequently contained folklore elements. Among his compositions were three piano concertos: 1931, 1944 (awarded the Stalin Prize), and 1947; 12 piano sonatas; and a sonata for violin and piano. He wrote Sudba muzykalnoy formy ("The Future Musical Form," 1968) and Pianizm kak iskusstvo ("The Art of Piano Playing," 1968).

add. bibliography:

NG2; V. Belyayev, Samuil Feinberg (1927); L. Sabaneyev, Modern Russian Composers (1927); I. Likhacheva (ed.), S. Ye. Feinberg: Pianist, kompozitor, issledovatel' (1984); C. Sirodeau, "Sur Samuil Feinberg," in: Cycle Scalkottas, Paris 19981999 (1999), incl. catalogue of works.

[Marina Rizarev (2nd ed.)]