Anna Yesipova

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Anna Yesipova (1851-1914)

Russian pianist (b. 31 January/12 February 1851 in Saint Petersburg; d. 5/18 August 1914 in Saint Petersburg), born Anna Nikolayevna Yesipova (Анна Николаевна Есипова); also known after her marriage as Annette Essipoff-Leschetizky.

The daughter of a high-ranking civil servant, she studied under Teodor Leszetycki (1830–1915) at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, and in 1880 she became his second wife (they divorced twelve years later). After a successful debut in Saint Petersburg in 1874, she undertook concert tours of Russia, Western Europe, and the United States. From 1893 to 1903 she was professor of pianoforte at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, where her students included Sergey Prokofiev.

The early editions (two-piano arrangement and orchestral parts) of Tchaikovsky's Concert Fantasia for piano with orchestra (1884) carry the dedication "à Madame Annette Essipoff", although in the full score published in 1893 her name had been replaced by that of Sophie Menter. Neither name appears on the autograph score, and the composer did not refer to the matter in his correspondence.

Tchaikovsky's Works Dedicated to Anna Yesipova

  • Concert Fantasia for piano and orchesyta, Op. 56 (1884) — arrangement for two pianos only.

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