When Rubinstein played, audiences scarcely knew what had hit them. An emotional tsunami, a pianistic Titan, a towering musical intellect, he bestrode the musical world like a Colossus for half a century. He carried most of the serious keyboard repertoire in his head and made an impact, too, as a conductor. Though he composed prolifically, few of his works achieved popularity in his lifetime, but as an epoch-making educator he transformed the musical life of a nation—with effects that still resonate today.
About the Author
Jeremy Siepmann is an internationally acclaimed writer, musician, teacher and broadcaster. He has contributed articles, reviews and interviews to numerous journals and reference works (including The New Statesman, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine). His previous books include a widely acclaimed biography of Chopin, two volumes on the history and literature of the piano, and biographies of Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven.