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RachFan - Liadoff Prelude 11/1: Message Board

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Anatol Liadoff (1855-1915) was a Russian late romantic composer who had studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and composition with Rimsky-Korsakov, and in 1887 joined the faculty teaching mostly composition. The principle influence in his music was Chopin.


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anonymous 2012-11-02 14:09:00
David 2011-08-30 16:16:30 Hi Carey, Thanks for your comment! David
Carey 2011-08-30 16:13:16 David - Beautiful rendition !!!
David 2011-08-28 10:08:26 Hi wr,

Thanks for the compliment! Before moving on to other repertoire, I recorded eight of these preludes of Liadoff. I believe he is much under appreciated. Hopefully, more pianists will look into this wonderful music. Thanks for listening.
wr 2011-08-28 03:21:37 A gorgeous piece, one of Liadov's most well-known, and a fine rendition of it.

He wrote some really lovely music, but apparently was not motivated to write a lot of it.
David 2011-08-23 18:45:48 Hi Greg,

You're way too kind! But I greatly appreciate it too!

David 2011-08-23 18:44:00 Hi Justin,

When I first opened up the Liadoff preludes, I didn't know what to expect, as I was not at all familiar with his music. The first thing I discovered in his idiom is that he had an entirely different view of polyphony. His melodic lines in the RH are often met by counter melodies in the LH. So the LH is seldom mere accompaniment, but a melodic contributor as well. Thus his music often causes the pianist to reconsider the proper balancing of the hands. I ended up recording eight of these preludes. Hopefully more pianists will look into his works. I agree with you that the Chopin influence is definitely present but with a Russian twist to it.

Thanks for the nice compliment!


David 2011-08-23 18:31:29 Hi Julian,

In his time Liadoff was very well known in Russian music circles, and it could well be that Rachmaninoff was familiar with Liadoff's works and could have been influenced. Speaking of Rachmaninoff's "Melody" Op. 3, I play the very lush 1940 revision of the piece, intended as an encore, that few pianists have heard. I was itching to post it here, but wanted to leave space for all the other pianists. Also, thanks for giving the IMSLP info to Justin. I recently recorded 8 Liadoff preludes and had the luxury of reading them from real sheet music. Usually I have to squint at pdf files. The IMSLP is a real goldmine for hard-to-find music.

David 2011-08-23 18:21:15 Hi Cinnamon Bear,

This is a tough piece to play, especially coping with the crescendos-diminuendos. played in both hands, while trying to keep the melody soaring. It was an interesting challenge insofar as balancing the hands. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the compliment!

David 2011-08-23 18:16:24 Hi Inlanding,

Thanks for that praise on my playing. If I play something well it's because the composer has inspired me. Liadoff is neglected, but you can see just from this one prelude (he composed 31 preludes), that his music is very worthwhile indeed. Thanks again.


Inlanding 2011-08-22 11:32:49 Your playing is absolutely wonderful - so sensitive and expressive. A wonderful choice. Thank you for your music!
Cinnamonbear 2011-08-21 14:15:37 Just LOVE this one, David, and your playing does it such justice!
Julian (SlatterFan) 2011-08-21 10:29:58 I like this very much too, both the composition and the performance. I get the feeling that Rachmaninoff may have known this piece and been influenced by it when writing his Opus 3 pieces, especially the Elegy and Melody.

Justin -- IMSLP has his music to download here:,_Anatoly

It's under 3 Morceaux, Op. 11

(In the US and most of the EU, I think lifetime plus 70 years applies, so all music published in his lifetime should be in the public domain.)
Justin (Opus1Music) 2011-08-20 20:27:22 Great piece and performance of it. I really like the style. I agree with the Chopin comment. Your playing is very deep and filled with feeling. Do you have a link to the sheet music?
Greg 2011-08-20 12:33:05 Liadoff is another new composer to my ears. This has an almost Chopinesque feel to it, a tense passion but with a distinctive Ruski flavor.

You play like a professional, David. Your maturity honed by decades of study is readily apparent. Thank you very much, my friend...