The Beauty of Belaieff

In producing this definitive reference work, Richard Beattie Davis has done what no other musicologist, not even in Russia, has ever done…he has managed to bridge the wide gap in the study of Russian Music at its most fertile and crucial moments by shedding light on the legacy of M. P. Belaieff (1836-1903/4), one of its pivotal figures.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about music and is interested in Music History, Lithography, Ballet, Opera and Russian Music and its composers in particular.         

Dmitry Rachmanov, Assist. Professor of Piano, Chicago College of Performing Arts

“The Beauty of Belaieff” is a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Russian Music…. Artsibushev, Antipov, Alferaki, Kopylov, Shcherbachov, Vitol… Who would today remember these, as well as other composers, were it not for Belaieff 's efforts on their behalves and Davis's research now? Or the provenance of certain works of Blumenfeld, Lyapunov, Lyadov, Cui or Taneyev, all important musicians, some of whose music now remains on the sidelines.

Anyone who has an interest in Music History, Lithography, Ballet, Opera and Russian Music and its composers in particular will want this definitive reference work on hand

The Beauty of Belaieff includes:
368 fully annotated large format colour pages
143 Full Page Colour Plates
Brief introduction to early Russian publishers
Extensive Bibliographies
Composer Chronology
List of Works
Comprehensive Index

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