Nadezhda Golubovskaya graduated in 1914 from the St. Petersburg Conservatory where she had been a student of Alexandra Rozanova (who had also taught Shostakovich) and Sergei Lyapunov. Liapunov must have been an almost super-human pianist judging from his own Transcendental Etudes. She was also a piano student of Siloti and Pabst, and a composition student of Ippolitov-Ivanov, Arensky and
Taneyev, though the only composition by Golubovskaya resulting from such an august triumvirate of teachers was an etude for piano that caused me to think longingly of Czerny.
She was the teacher of Galina Werschenska, another wonderful Russian pianist.
Beyond that, the only information I have found thus far concerning Nadezhda Golubovskaya is in Russian, the language of my maternal grandparents, and a language that, thanks to Senator McCarthy, was not spoken aloud in our family and that I, much to my chagrin, never learned.
Unfortunately, I have only four short examples of her playing to share with you, but they are enough to make me want desperately to hear more. I can only imagine what her playing of Scarlatti and Bach must have been like.
Couperin "Les roseaux"
03:03 ➢ Daquin "Le coucou"
04:58 ➢ Rameau "La poule"
Dmytri Bortniansky (1751 - 1825) Keyboard Sonata in F major
For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background
which is also available as an audiobook.
And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:
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