Alexander Tcherepnin

Biography

Born: January 20, 1899; St. Petersburg, Russia   Died: September 29, 1977; Paris, France  
Alexander Tcherepnin was a Russian-born composer, pianist and conductor known for his cosmopolitan style that included influences from France and the Far East. Tcherepnin's father, Nikolay Tcherepnin, was an important composer and conductor, and it was his influence and teaching that formed Alexander's early training. In 1921 Tcherepnin's family fled the aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution, and the young composer began his career in their Read more adopted home of Paris. From the beginning he favored new and experimental techniques, and during the 1920s he fomulated his own 9-tone scale (now called the Tcherepnin scale), consisting of three overlapping major and minor tetrachords; this allowed for the simultaneous sounding of major and minor sonorities, which the composer found particularly satisfying. He also developed a new form of counterpoint -- called "interpoint" -- which allows for the combination of several self-contained contrapuntal structures. These musical devices were not so much abstract concepts as attempts on the part of the emerging composer to codify his very instinctive and individual approaches to sound and rhythm. These tendencies had already been expressed in early works, such as the bitonal Pièces sans titres, Op. 7, from 1913.

From 1934 through 1937, he toured the Far East, using Tokyo, Shanghai, and Peking alternately as bases of operation; he would have considerable influence as a teacher of both Japanese and Chinese composers of the period. He also met his wife, the pianist Lee Hsien Ming while in China. The newly married couple returned to Paris in 1938, but the turmoil of WWII put a stop to musical activities. Immediately following the war, however, he resumed his creative output, eventually relocating to Chicago in 1950, and finally settling in New York in 1964.

Although Tcherepnin's style was Russian at heart, it lacked much of the Romantic melancholy and overt nationalism seen in other Russian-born composers. Instead, his earlier works are characterized by a French leanness and clarity and an emphasis on the clean articulation of form. Some, such as in the Second Piano Concerto (1923), bear a similarity to the works of Prokofiev in their motoric rhythms. Tcherepnin himself considered his style to be "Eurasian." Notable works include the Piano Concerto 4 (1947), the Cinq études de concert and his opera The Farmer and the Nymph (1952) -- all of which have a distinctly oriental sound -- and the Fifth Piano Concerto (1963) and Serenade for Strings (1964), both of which suggest aggressive exploration of new concepts at the end of his life. Tcherepnin produced a wide variety of works in every genre, eventually even incorporating electronic elements in his radio score The Story of Ivan the Fool. Read less
Tcherepnin: Symphonies No 3 & 4, Etc / Shui, Ogawa, Et Al
Release Date: 12/15/1999   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1018   Number of Discs: 1
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Tcherepnin: Symphonies No 1 & 2, Etc / Shui, Ogawa, Et Al
Release Date: 11/19/1999   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1017   Number of Discs: 1
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Tcherepnin: Piano Concertos No 2, 4, Etc /Shui, Ogawa, Et Al
Release Date: 09/30/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1247   Number of Discs: 1
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Tcherepnin: Piano Concertos / Ogawa, Shi, Singapore SO
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1317   Number of Discs: 1
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Tcherepnin: Complete Piano Concertos / Ogawa, Shui, Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 08/30/2011   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 9232   Number of Discs: 2
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Alexander Tcherepnin


MOST POPULAR WORKS
Bagatelle No. 1
Bagatelle No. 2
Bagatelle No. 3
Bagatelle No. 4
Bagatelle No. 5
Bagatelle No. 6
Bagatelle No. 7
Bagatelle No. 8
Bagatelle No. 9
Bagatelle No. 10
I. Shadow Play
II. The lute
III. Homage to China
IV. Punch and Judy
V. Chant
I. Moderato
II. Alegro
I. Eastern Chamber Dream (Moderato)
II. Yan Kuei Fei's Love Sacrifice (Sostenuto - Animato)
III. Road to Yunnan (Allegretto)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino
III. Animato, ma poco rubato - Molto animato - Tranquillo - Animato
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Animato
I. Ouverture
II. Einzug
III. Tanz
IV. Finale
Suite for Cello Solo: I. Quasi Cadenza (quarter note=80)
II. quarter note=96
III. eighth note=42
IV. Vivace (quarter note=104)
I. Maestoso - Allegro risoluto
II. Vivace
III. Andante
IV. Allegretto con anima - Presto
I. Sostenuto - Allegro
II. Lento
III. Allegro
IV. Poco sostenuto - Allegretto
I. Lento - Animato, risoluto - Allegretto
II. Allegro pesante
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro - Maestoso - Allegro risoluto
I. Moderato
II. Allegro, tempo di valse
III. Andante con moto
WORKS
No. 1. Andantino
No. 2. Allegro vivo
No. 3. Allegretto
No. 4. Presto
Bagatelle No. 1
Bagatelle No. 2
Bagatelle No. 3
Bagatelle No. 4
Bagatelle No. 5
Bagatelle No. 6
Bagatelle No. 7
Bagatelle No. 8
Bagatelle No. 9
Bagatelle No. 10
I. Shadow Play
II. The lute
III. Homage to China
IV. Punch and Judy
V. Chant
I. Moderato
II. Alegro
I. Eastern Chamber Dream (Moderato)
II. Yan Kuei Fei's Love Sacrifice (Sostenuto - Animato)
III. Road to Yunnan (Allegretto)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino
III. Animato, ma poco rubato - Molto animato - Tranquillo - Animato
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Animato
Duo Op.49 For Violin And Cello : I Allegro
Duo Op.49 For Violin And Cello : II Maestoso - Allegretto
Duo Op.49 For Violin And Cello : III Moderato
Duo Op.49 For Violin And Cello : IV Allegro
Duo Op.49 For Violin And Cello : V Allegro Moderato
No. 1. Moderato
No. 2. Allegro
No. 3. Allegro marciale
No. 4. Allegro
No. 5. Allegro risoluto
No. 6. Allegro moderato
No. 7. Andantino
I. Ouverture
II. Einzug
III. Tanz
IV. Finale
Piano Sonata In A Major/en La Majeur Op.22 : I Allegro Commodo
Piano Sonata In A Major/en La Majeur Op.22 : II Andante
Piano Sonata In A Major/en La Majeur Op.22 : III Allegro
Piano Sonata In A Major/en La Majeur Op.22 : IV Grave
No. 1. Lento
No. 2. Moderato
No. 3. Slowly
No. 4. Very slowly
No. 5. -
No. 6. For the beginning of a merry Pickwick overture
No. 7. -
No. 8. So sad at heart
No. 9. Animato
No. 10. -
No. 11. -
No. 12. -
No. 13. -
No. 14. -
No. 15. -
No. 16. -
No. 17. Animato
No. 18. Recitando
No. 19. -
No. 20. -
No. 21. -
No. 22. Lento
No. 23. Mesto
No. 24. -
No. 25. Lento
No. 26. Lento
No. 27. Andantino
No. 28. -
No. 29. En allant
No. 30. Animato
No. 31. Moderato
No. 32. Left hand
No. 33. Lento
No. 34. -
No. 35. -
No. 36. Grave
No. 37. Lento
No. 38. Lento
No. 39. -
No. 1. Meditation
No. 2. Intermezzo
No. 3. Reverie
No. 4. Impromptu
No. 5. Invocation
No. 6. The Chase
No. 7. Etude
No. 8. Burlesque
No. 1. Adagio
No. 2. Animato
No. 3. Lento
No. 4. Allegro
No. 5. Allegretto
No. 6. Lento recitando
No. 7. Animato
No. 8. Mesto
No. 9. Allegro
No. 10. Lento marciale
No. 11. Agitato
No. 12. Lento
No. 1. Moderato
No. 2. Lent
No. 3. Rubato
No. 4. Sostenuto
No. 5. Lento
No. 6. Agitato
No. 7. Rubato
No. 8. Sostenuto tranquillo
String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.40 (2011 Digital Remaster): I Moderato
String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.40 (2011 Digital Remaster): II Larghetto
String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.40 (2011 Digital Remaster): III Allegro moderato
I. Lutte
II. Mi temps
III. Course
Suite for Cello Solo: I. Quasi Cadenza (quarter note=80)
II. quarter note=96
III. eighth note=42
IV. Vivace (quarter note=104)
I. Introduction
II. Sequences
III. Explorations
IV. Interlude
V. Conclusion
I. Maestoso - Allegro risoluto
II. Vivace
III. Andante
IV. Allegretto con anima - Presto
I. Sostenuto - Allegro
II. Lento
III. Allegro
IV. Poco sostenuto - Allegretto
I. Lento - Animato, risoluto - Allegretto
II. Allegro pesante
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro - Maestoso - Allegro risoluto
I. Moderato
II. Allegro, tempo di valse
III. Andante con moto