Sergey Flerov

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Russian educator, journalist and critic (b. 3/15 April 1841; d. 5/18 April 1901), born Sergey Vasilyevich Flerov (Сергей Васильевич Флеров); also known by the noms-de-plumes S. Vasilyev (С. Васильев) and Ignotus.

After graduating from Moscow University in 1864, where he studied historical philology, Flerov became a teacher as well as an inspector of state schools. In 1875, he became a regular contributor to the newspapers Russian Herald (Русские вестник) and Moscow Register (Московские ведомости), and later to the Russian Review (Русское обозрение) from 1890 until 1896, and the newspaper Russian Word (Русское слово) from 1895 until 1896. His many critical articles on music, art and the theatre were often published under the pseudonyms "S. Vasilyev" and "Ignotus".

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

5 letters from Tchaikovsky to Sergey Flerov have survived, dating from 1881 and 1882, all of which have been translated into English on this website:

2 letters from Sergey Flerov to Tchaikovsky, both dating from 1881, are preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a4, Nos. 4516–4517).


For Flerov's reviews of Tchaikovsky's music, see Bibliography Index (F)

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