Dubuque [Dyubyuk], Aleksandr Ivanovich
- Edward Garden
(b Moscow, 20 Feb/March 3, 1812; d Moscow, Dec 27, 1897/Jan 8, 1898). Russian pianist and teacher, probably of French descent. He was a pupil of John Field. Among his own distinguished piano pupils were Balakirev, the critics Kashkin and Laroche, and Nikolay Zverev (teacher of Rachmaninoff, Skryabin and Ziloti). An intellectually controlled, poised and precise style (even for the interpretation of virtuoso pieces) is particularly associated with the Field-Dubuque Moscow tradition. Dubuque published a book on the technique of piano playing, Tekhnika fortepiannoy igrï (Moscow, 1866), and also taught at the Moscow Conservatory (1866–72). Balakirev and Tchaikovsky dedicated piano pieces to him, and Balakirev persuaded him to write his ‘Vospominaniya o Fil′de’ (‘Reminiscences of Field’), published first in Knizhki nedeli (December 1898) and reprinted in the Russkaya muzïkal′naya gazeta (1916, nos.34, 35, 38, 39) under the title ‘Iz vospominaniy o muzïkal′noy zhizni staroy Moskvï’ (‘From reminiscences of musical life in old Moscow’). His most important musical publication was ...