Nikolai Roslavets Obscure Classical Composers: Nikolai Roslavets
By Sorabji on Thursday, January 1, 1998 - 01:39 pm:
    Yes, Roslavets is obscure, but is Arthur Louriť? I played two short pieces by Roslavets and Louriť some years ago; in both cases I used copies of unpublished manuscripts which were faxed from somewhere in Russia.

    The Roslavets was above-average stuff, as I recall, but the Louriť was trivial. I always associate those 2 composers together in my mind, though they are only related by their nationality.

By Jicotea on Thursday, January 1, 1998 - 02:01 pm:
    To musicheads & repertoire-freaks, neither one is obscure. Roslavetz invented a version of 12-tone composition a bit before Schoenberg got into it. R. later turned radical left-wing and got himself written out of Soviet history. He's mostly back in print now.
    Lourie was an overeducated tinkerer, an idea-boy on the order of Slonimsky or John Cage. For a time in the thirties, he was Igor Stravinsky's gofer, but I.S. caught him tinkering too freely with his social life, and tied a can to him.
    He may be trivial, but he's caught Gidon Kremer's fancy, so we'll be hearing more about him soon.

By R.C. on Thursday, January 1, 1998 - 05:59 pm:
    Dontcha just love erudite men? *Sigh* The good ones really are all taken...

By Kachuga tecta tecta on Friday, February 6, 1998 - 09:24 pm:
    Or over the hill....

Frank Abbinanti on Monday, June 28, 1999 - 11:22 pm:

    Who publishes Roslavets piano music?? I greatly appreciate any info

By Eric Schissel on Monday, May 22, 2000 - 06:10 pm:

    Schott published the first, second and fifth piano sonatas in 1990.
    (They're based in Mainz and their US distributor
    is out of New York, I think.)

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