Stanchinsky, Aleksey Vladimirovich
- Jonathan Powell
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(b Obolsunovo, Ivanovo region, March 9, 1888; d nr Logachyovo, Smolensk region, Oct 6, 1914). Russian composer and pianist. He composed and performed his first compositions at the age of six, being initially taught by his mother. In 1892 the factory at which his father laboured as a chemical engineer closed and the family was forced to move. In 1899 his family settled in Logachyovo, Vladimir district, a village near Novospasskiy where Glinka had collected folksong. Stanchinsky studied at the Smolensk Gymnasium and took music lessons privately with A.F. Borkus. From 1904 onwards, he made frequent visits to Moscow where he took private lessons with Josef Lhévinne and Konstantin Eiges (piano), Zhilyayev (harmony and counterpoint), and Grechaninov (composition). Programmes from his school concerts include piano works by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, and Grieg. Gretchaninov subsequently introduced Stanchinsky to Sergey Taneyev and in 1907, he entered the Moscow Conservatory where he continued his piano studies with Taneyev and Igumnov and theory studies with Gretchaninov. While a student at the Conservatory, he composed works based on Bach, a piece on the ...