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date: 16 October 2019

Eiges [Eyges], Konstantin Romanovichlocked

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(b Bogodukhov, Khar′kiv region, 24 May/June 5, 1875; d Moscow, Dec 2, 1950). Russian composer and pianist. He attended the Moscow Conservatory (1900–05) where he studied with Ippolitov-Ivanov, Sergey Taneyev and Yaroshevsky. He was subsequently active as a pianist and teacher, Stanchinsky being among his pupils. Eiges was one of a circle of musicians, mostly composer-pianists, who congregated in Pavel Lamm's flat in Moscow during the 1910s and 20s. His writings on music include an article on Wagner (‘R. Vagner i yego khudozhestvennoye reformatorstvo’ [‘Wagner and his Artistic Reformation’], Russkaya Mïsl′, vi (1913), 56–68), as well as reminiscences of Rachmaninoff and Taneyev. His works mostly involve the piano; his writing for the instrument is fluid, sensitive and strongly linked to early 20th-century Russian traditions. His style ranges from the naively Schumannesque (in the Ėtyudï-fantazii) to one which employs a wealth of cross rhythms (five against seven against six in the ...

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