Siloti, Alexander [Ziloti, Aleksandr Il'yich]. (1863 - 1945)
Autograph Musical Quotation and Signed Check
Very scarce autograph musical quotation, penned on the verso of the legendary pianist's visiting card. Siloti has penned "Bach-Liszt: Preludes fugues: part? I-II? a-minor Prelude" with a one-measure quote, apparently an assignment to a student, Beatrice Poindexter, whose check to Siloti (countersigned by Siloti on verso) is also included. Both pieces smudged, overall very good.
One of the most celebrated pianists/pedagogues of the late 19th century, Siloti was a student of Nikolay Rubinstein, Taneyev and Tschaikovsky in Moscow before moving to Weimar to study with Liszt. He returned to teach at the Moscow Conservatory in 1887, where among his students, was his cousin - Sergei Rachmaninoff. He toured frequently, gave important premieres of works by Debussy, Elgar, Glazunov, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, Sibelius and Stravinsky and was Tchaikovsky's trusted editor, especially for the first and second piano concertos. Later, Siloti settled in New York, where he taught, among others, Marc Blitzstein and Eugene Istomin.