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Forgotten Melodies: The Music of Nikolai Medtner Feb. 26

Eastman School of Music pianist Cahill Smith performs and analyses Medtner's oeuvre
February 11, 2014

CahillSmithEditedThe Historical Sound Recordings Collection at Yale and the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library present a lecture-recital by the pianist Cahill Smith on Wednesday, February 26. Smith will  on the music of Nikolai Medtner

Pianist Cahill Smith, currently a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music, will present an informed performer’s perspective on the compositional innovations of Medtner’s music, performing and analyzing several solo piano works. 

Nikolai Medtner (1880–1951), often called the “Russian Brahms,” was singled out by Rachmaninoff as the greatest composer of their generation. Medtner preserved a classic ideal amidst the radical experiments of the 20th century.

The original complete recordings of Medtner performing his own works, as well renditions by other artists, are housed at Yale’s collection of Historical Sound Recordings. This presentation will discuss many of these recordings.

This event takes place at 4:30 pm in William L Harkness Hall (WLH), Sudler Hall (100 Wall St, New Haven). The talk is free and open to the general public.

For more information, visit web.library.yale.edu or call 203-432-1810.