Russian composer, conductor, and pianist (b. 30 June/12 July 1861 in Novgorod; d. 12/25 February 1906 at Perkijarvi, near Terijoki, Finland [now Zelenogorsk, Russia]), born Anton Stepanovich Arensky (Антон Степанович Аренский),
In 1882 Arensky graduated from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, where he had studied composition under Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, and until 1894 he was a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, where his students included Sergei Rachmaninoff and Aleksandr Skriabin. From 1895 to 1901 he was director of the Imperial Chapel Choir in Saint Petersburg.
One of Arensky's best-known compositions is his Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a, which uses the melody of Legend — No. 5 of Tchaikovsky's Sixteen Songs for Children, Op. 54 (1884).
Correspondence with Tchaikovsky
8 letters from Tchaikovsky to Anton Arensky have survived, dating from 1884 to 1891, of which those highlighted in bold have been translated into English on this website:
- Letter 2455a – late March/early April 1884 (?), from Moscow
- Letter 2775 – 25 September/7 October 1885, from Maydanovo
- Letter 3110 – 24 November/6 December 1886, from Moscow
- Letter 3215 – 2/14 April 1887, from Maydanovo
- Letter 4153 – 20 June/2 July or 21 June/3 July 1890 (?), from Frolovskoye
- Letter 4273a – 21 December 1890/2 January 1891, from Kiev
- Letter 4431 – 7/19 July 1891, from Maydanovo
- Letter 4471 – 8/20 September 1891, from Maydanovo
4 letters from Arensky to the composer, dating from 1886 to 1891, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.
- Internet Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)