Sergei Rachmaninoff: Cross Rhythms of the Soul (Hardcover)
Valeria Z. Nollan's biography of perhaps the finest pianist of the twentieth century plunges readers into Rachmaninoff's complex inner world. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Cross Rhythms of the Soul is the first biography of Rachmaninoff in English that presents him in the fullness of his Russian identity. As someone whose own life in Russian emigration ran in parallel ways to Rachmaninoff's own-and whose meetings with the composer's grandson in Switzerland informed her work-Nollan brings important cultural insights into her observations of the activities of this generation of creative artists. She also traces the intricacies of Rachmaninoff's relations with the women closest to him-whose imprints are palpable in his compositions-and introduces a mystery woman whose existence challenges our established narrative of his life.
Valeria Z. Nollan is professor emerita of Russian studies at Rhodes College.