Russian Choral Society
Arensky’s got musical talent is inherited from both parents. His father – a doctor, an amateur cellist, and his mother – a great pianist. One romantic evening – playing together, autumn rain outside the window, a hand to hand, glowing cheeks … and here in Russia July 12, 1861 there is a new brilliant composer. Anton Arensky childhood growing up in a musical atmosphere, but serious music with him began to engage in seven years, and at nine he was already composing simple Pieces for piano. After high school – St. Petersburg Conservatory where he studied theory and composition with Rimsky-Korsakov. Examination of his work – the ballad ‘Forest King’ by Goethe, a few vocal solos and orchestral scherzo Professors were marked as ‘outstanding’.
After a brilliant 21-year-old Conservatory composer was invited to teach a class on harmony and counterpoint at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1889, received the title Professor, Arensky became lead classes of instrumentation, fugue and a free composition, while acting as a conductor of Russian Choral Society. His pupils were, among others, are brilliant future composers as Rachmaninoff, Gliere, Scriabin (An exception to them, however, in his second year of free essays!) In 1895, Arensky retired from the Conservatory and returned to his native St. Petersburg, where he was invited in order to offer the position of Managing Court Chapel. Upon his retirement in 1901, Arensky, being a brilliant pianist and an experienced conductor, a lot of concerts abroad and studied composition. In his last years Arensky had lived in Nice, in the Crimea, fighting tuberculosis. But to no avail – she took him in his creative prime – forty-five. Arensky’s musical style was formed under the influence of Schumann’s works, Chopin, Mendelssohn, but most of all – Tchaikovsky. The best known and loved by his piano and chamber works, though, besides the numerous vocal and chamber music in his creative works is a list of major forms – three of the opera, ballet, and three concerts, two symphonies, fantasy for piano and orchestra, etc.