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Noure and Anitra
Bakhchisarayskiy Fontan (1911 Moskva)
David C.F. Wright DMus
Alexandr Aleksandrovich Ilyinsky was born on 24 January 1859 in Tsarkoye Solo, Russia. His father was a physician and his son was educated with the First Cadet Corps at St Petersburg and served with the Artillery between 1877 and 1879.
He studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory and graduated in 1885 after studying in Berlin with Kullak and Bargiel.
Ilyinsky had a teaching post at the Music Drama School of Moscow Philharmonic Society and then at the Moscow Conservatory from 1905.
He also edited all the piano works of Beethoven in 1909.
He wrote piano music including works for four hands such as the Croatian Dances Op 3 and the Suite, Op 4. His work for two pianos, Noure et Anitra Op 17, contains the Berceuse, his only remembered work. He has fallen into obscurity. His music is not outstanding but should not be ignored.