Serov, Alexander Nikolayevich (opera)
- Richard Taruskin
(b St Petersburg, 11/23 Jan 1820; d St Petersburg, 20 Jan/1 Feb 1871). Russian composer and critic. Although he never occupied any official position, never taught, and belonged to no organized group or faction, Serov was the most significant and, except for Anton Rubinstein, the most influential Russian musician of the 1860s. His critical writings, modelled on Wagner’s and closely resembling them in their idealism, are unrivalled in his country’s literature for breadth and weight. Many of his essays have gone through numerous reprints and have continued to exert a strong authority during the Soviet period. (A new collected edition, inaugurated in ...