As we follow the saga of a certain wild-partying entertainer, WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers the case of Anton Arensky. The somewhat disreputable Russian composer wrote music, lived hard – and died young. Here is the next Fishko Files.
There’s Malichevsky, Rubinstein, Arensky and Tchaikovsky,
Sapelnikoff, Dimitrieff, Tscherepnin, Kryjanowsky,
Godoswsky, Arteiboucheff, Moniuszko, Akimenko,
Solovieff, Prokofieff, Tiomkin, Korestchenko.
There’s Glinka, Winkler, Bortniansky, Rebikoff, Ilyinsky,
There’s Medtner, Balakireff, Zolotareff, and Kvoschinsky.
And Sokoloff and Kopyloff, Dukelsky, and Klenowsky,
And Shostakovitsch, Borodine, Glière, and Nowakofski.
There’s Liadoff and Karganoff, Markievitch, Pantschenko
And Dargomyzski, Stcherbatcheff, Scriabine, Vassilenko,
Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Mussorgsky, and Gretchaninoff
And Glazounoff and Caesar Cui, Kalinkikoff, Rachmaninoff.
Stravinsky and Gretchnaninoff,
Rumshinsky and Rachmaninoff,
I really have to stop, the subject has been dwelt upon enough!
He’d better stop because we feel we all have undergone enough!
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Pieces in Anton Arensky
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