Ok, i was looking for this book awhile back I read it for leisure and for papers as well I love this composer and know this book inside out This is an absolute must if you know who Rachmaninoff is I m going to the Hollywood Bowl tonight to listen to his Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor performed by a Korean pianist This book provided detailed events and accomplishments throughout the life of Sergei Rachmaninoff who I have followed closely throughout my years of studying music but not teaching Ok, i was looking for this book awhile back I read it for leisure and for papers as well I love this composer and know this book inside out This is an absolute must if you know who Rachmaninoff is I m going to the Hollywood Bowl tonight to listen to his Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor performed by a Korean pianist This book provided detailed events and accomplishments throughout the life of Sergei Rachmaninoff who I have followed closely throughout my years of studying music but not teaching because I can t find a student that has reached the level of playing a Rachmaninoff piece just yet But all of his Piano Concerti work have been extremely relaxing to listen to, especially the Rach 2 Rach 3 Aaah, invest in this book if you re a Rachmaninoff fan Beautiful story, clearly told, well researched. Important, classic auto biography.Fascinating biography composed of letters by Rachmaninoff, family, friends and close associates, and it s cleverly woven together by the authors with explanatory material interwoven with the letters. A really great insight to the life and opinions of a great musician Worth reading for every human, musician or not. This book is so powerful because it contains carefully translated original letters to and from the great Rachmaninov and his closest family, musicians, and critics It gives tremendous insights into his work ethic, his struggles and doubts, his great works, and his adult adjustment to exile after the Bolshevik revolution. Throughout his career as composer, conductor and pianist, Sergei Rachmaninoff was an intensely private individual When Bertensson and Leyda sbiography first appeared, it lifted the veil from several areas of Rachmaninoff s life, especially the genesis of his compositions and how their critical reception affected himThe authors consulted a number of people who knew Rachmaninoff, worked with him, and corresponded with him Even with the availabilty of such sources and full access to the Rachmaninoff Archive at the Library of Congress, the authors were tireless in their pursuit of privately held documents, in particular his correspondence Their labors masterfully incorporates primary materials into the narrative Almost half a century after it first appeared, this volume remains essential reading