By Carolly Erickson
Benefiting from fabric unavailable till the autumn of the Soviet Union, this biography of Alexandra, the final tsarina, explores: her formative years bereavement; her lengthy fight to achieve her romantic objective of marriage to Nicholas; the pain of her pathological shyness; the struggles together with her in-laws; a fake being pregnant; her expanding eccentricities as she grew to become extra preoccupied with concerns of religion; and her turning out to be dependence on a sequence of occult mentors, the main infamous of whom used to be Rasputin.
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With the support of the grand duchess and other court and noble figures, a charter was obtained. Concerts began immediately, followed soon after by free classes, some of which were held in the Mikhailovsky Palace. ” The design called for an institution basically parallel in form, function, and authority to the Imperial Academy of Arts. While the Russian Musical Society would administer the school, the government would oversee instruction, possibly subsidize its budget, and EMANCIPATING SOUNDS 29 conduct certification of its pupils upon graduation, awarding them the title “Free Artist,” a designation already in place for graduates of the Imperial Academy of Arts.
While this seems unlikely, Russification did have a strong impact on the family. Anton’s brother Nikolai, for instance, born six years after him when the family was already firmly ensconced in Moscow, had no interest whatsoever in his Jewish background. Despite the fact that the brothers were quite close and that Nikolai eventually chose a similar musical path to that of Anton, establishing the Moscow Conservatory in 1864, he never expressed any Jewish identification. 19 Anton, by contrast, publicly identified himself as Jewish in a number of revealing ways.
It was religion that provided the passionate vocabulary and model for Rubinstein’s conception of art as a spiritual, transcendent experience. Thus, writing in 1861 to a prominent lady-in-waiting in Elena Pavlovna’s court, Edith F. 27 If art was a substitute for religion, then a church was required in which to anoint the faithful and train the clergy. As early as 1852, Rubinstein had proposed the idea of a new central musical academy to Elena Pavlovna. He envisioned the school as a musical branch of the Imperial Academy of Arts, founded a century earlier.
Alexandra: The Last Tsarina by Carolly Erickson