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Alexander Tcherepnin at 75

  • Robert Layton


Musical dynasties, so common a phenomenon of the past, are relatively rare in our own times; but the Tcherepnin family boast four generations of composers, encompassing a wide variety of styles and diversity of language. The 18th-century ‘dynast’ flourished in a community strongly bound to tradition, in a climate where styles were slow to change. Musical horizons were circumscribed by narrower geographical limits and a shorter historical perspective. The young composer knew less music of the past, and his relationship with what he knew was therefore closer. In the 20th century, however, the advent of mass media has altered all that. The successful young composer can hear music of his own and other cultures in a profusion undreamed of by his fathers, and he can explore a far more remote past, for musicology has developed into an industry, pushing back the frontiers ever further.



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1 Reich, Willi, Alexander Tcherepnin (Bonn: Belaieff 1970).

2 ‘Music of Alexander Tcherepnin’: HMV CSD 3725.

3 Which the composer has recorded together with his Fifth Concerto, op 96 (1963) with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra conducted by Rafael Kubelik on DGG 139 379.

4 Boosey & Hawkes pocket score No. 721

Alexander Tcherepnin at 75

  • Robert Layton


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