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SAMUIL FEINBERG the COMPOSER
heir to Scriabin and Rachmaninoff



The music below represents the creative lifetime of Samuil Feinberg the composer.  It spans music Feinberg wrote for the piano from 1915 to 1962, from age 25 through the last year of his life.  The discovery of this body of work has, for me, been a joyous occasion.  It is beautiful music, splendidly crafted, supremely pianistic, and proof positive that there has been exquisite music composed in the "modern" style for the piano in the 20th century.

While the influence of Alexander Scriabin is clear and present, there are other, subtler influences as well.  Not the least of these is that of Sergei Rachmaninoff, not so much in the style of the music as in the style of the writing for the piano.  This is music written by a supremely skilled pianist, and as in the music of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, and yes, Chopin, much of it seems to melt under the fingers which have considerable influence over how the music evolves.

The last, twelfth, Sonata, written in the composer's final year, is a poignant farewell to life, to music, and an homage to much beloved composers, the first movement to Chopin, the second to Ravel and Schumann, and the final movement to Brahms.

The following examples of the music of Samuil Feinberg the composer are performed by several first rate contemporary pianists, some of whom are composers in their own right, all of whom truly understand the musical language and idiom of the 20th Century.

These are presented in chronological order so a sense of the composer's development can be appreciated. Note that Opp 11 and 25 are performed by Feinberg the composer  himself.



Piano Sonata 2, Op 2 (1915)
Christophe Sirodeau, piano


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Piano Sonata 3, Op 3 (1917)
Christophe Sirodeau, piano


i "Prelude"


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ii "Funeral March"


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iiia "Sonata" (beginning)


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iiib "Sonata" (conclusion)


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Piano Sonata 4, Op 6 (1918)
Nikolaos Samaltanos, piano


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Fantasia 2 in E minor, Op 9 (1919)
Christophe Sirodeau, piano


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Four Preludes, Op 8 (1920)
Jenny Lin, piano


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Piano Sonata 5, Op 10 (1920)
Nikolaos Samaltanos, piano


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Suite 1, Op 11 (1922)
[4 etudes dedicated to his teacher Alexander Goldenweiser]
1 Leggiero e cantando
01:332 Con moto
02:103 Affanato
03:064 Tranquillo e cantabile
Samuil Feinberg, piano

recorded in 1929


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Three Preludes, Op 15
Peter Paul Kainrath, piano


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Piano Sonata 6, Op 13 (1923)
Christophe Sirodeau, piano


Part I


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Part II


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Piano Sonata 7, Op 21 (1924-28)
Christophe Sirodeau, piano



i Allegro moderato


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ii Larghetto


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iii Epilogue


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Piano Sonata 8, Op 21a (1933)
Christophe Sirodeau, piano


i Un poco animato


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ii Andante cantabile


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iii Allegro


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Suite 2, Op 25 (1936)
1 Non troppo vivace
2 Allegretto vivace
3 Un pochettino animato e semplice
4 Presto
5 Allegretto
Samuil Feinberg, piano

recorded in 1939


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Piano Sonata 9, Op 29 (1939)
Nikolaos Samaltanos, piano




Piano Sonata 10, Op 30 (1940-44)
Nikolaos Samaltanos, piano


Part I



Part II




Piano Sonata 11, Op 40 (1952)
Nikolaos Samaltanos, piano


Part I



Part II




Piano Sonata 12, Op 48 (1962)
Christophe Sirodeau, piano



i Sonatina



ii Intermezzo



iii Improvisation





Album for Children, Op posth
1 Russian song - 2 A little rain - 3 Aria
4 Dreaming - 5 Morning - 6 An unfamiliar footpath
7 Clouds - 8 Little scherzo - 9 Greek song
Christophe Sirodeau, piano

recorded in 1998










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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