Fantaisie On Russian Themes for Violin and Piano, Op.30
Eduard Nápravnik (1839-1916) was born in Bohemian town of Beischt (now Býšť), in what was then the Habsburg Empire. He learned to play the organ at his local church and then entered the Prague Organ School after which he obtained an appointment to serve as conductor of the famous private orchestra of Prince Yusupov in St. Petersburg. Thereafter he served as conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre and later several Imperial Theaters. He became an influential figure in Russian musical life and was even mentioned in Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov as a famous conductor. He premiered several of Tchaikovsky’s works and assisted the composer in tightening up certain scores.
He wrote in most genres but today is remembered for his most successful opera, Dubrovsky. He did not neglect chamber music writing three string quartets, a string quintet, a piano quartet and several instrumental works. The Fantaisie on Russian Themes for Violin and Piano dates from 1878 and makes excellent use of both instruments. It quotes a number of well-known Russian melodies.
Long out of print we are pleased to make this work available again and feel certain that it would be an excellent choice for the recital hall where it is sure to be well received.