Piano Music - Anton Rubinstein

Anton Rubinstein


1829 - 1894
Russian pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, brother of Nikolay Rubinstein. He was one of the greatest pianists of the 19th century; his playing was compared with Liszt’s, to the disadvantage of neither. He was also an influential figure in Russian musical circles, and an exceptionally prolific composer.


Piano Music by Anton Rubinstein






Books by Anton Rubinstein




Piano Works by Anton Rubinstein


— Ondine, study, 1842

— Four Polkas, 1843–4

— Sailor’s Song, 1847

— Three Pieces, 1847: Folksong, Rêverie, Impromptu [orig. op.8]

— Three Characteristic Pieces, pf, 4 hands, 1847–8: Russian Song, Nocturne on the Water, The Waterfall [orig. op.9]

Op. 6 Tarantella, b, 1848

— Two Nocturnes, F, G, 1848 [orig. op.10]

Op. 7 Impromptu-caprice, a, c1848–54

Op. 12 Sonata no.1, E, c1848–54

Op. 20 Sonata no.2, c, c1848–54

— Variation on a romance by A. Varlamov, 1849

— Euphémie-polka, 1849 (

— Vnutrenniye golosa [Inner Voices], album, 1849–50

Op. 23 Six Studies, F, C, c♯, E♭, F, G, 1849–50

— Cavalry Trot, 1850

Op. 2 Two fantasias on Russian folksongs, 1850

Op. 29 Two Funeral Marches: K pokhoronam artista [For an artist], f, 1851, K pokhoronam geroya [For a hero], c, 1856

Op. 3 Two Melodies, F, B, 1852

Op. 5 Three Pieces, 1852: Polonaise, c, Krakowiak, E, Mazurka, E

Op. 30 Two pieces: Barcarolle, f, 1852, Allegro appassionata, d, 1856

— Marie-polka, 1853

Op. 10 Kamennïy-ostrov [Rocky Island], 24 portraits, 1853–4

Op. 4 Mazurka-fantasia, G, 1854

Op. 14 The Ball, fantasia in 10 nos., 1854

Op. 24 Six Preludes, A, f, E, b, G, c, 1854

Op. 26 Two Pieces, 1854–8: Romance, F, Impromptu, a

Op. 50 Six Characteristic Pictures, pf, 4 hands, 1854–8: Nocturne, E, Scherzo, F, Barcarolle, g [also arr pf 2 hands], Capriccio, A, Berceuse, b, March, C

Op. 16 Three Pieces, 1855: Impromptu, F, Berceuse, D, Serenade, g

Op. 21 Three Caprices, F♯, D, E♭, 1855

Op. 22 Three Serenades, F, g, E, 1855

Op. 38 Suite, 10 movts, 1855

Op. 41 Sonata no.3, F, 1855

Op. 28 Two Pieces, 1856 (Vienna, n.d.): Nocturne, G, Caprice, E

Op. 37 Akrostichon [Laura], 1856

— Barcarolle no.2, a, 1857 [also orchd]

Op. 51 Six Pieces, 1857: Mélancholie, g, Enjouement, B, Rêverie, a, Caprice, D, Passion, F, Coquetterie, B

Op. 53 Six Preludes and Fugues in Free Style, A, f, E, b, G, c, 1857

— Hungarian Fantasia, 1858

Op. 44 Soirées à Saint-Petersbourg, 6 pieces, 1860: Romance, E [also arr. as song Noch′ [Night] (Pushkin)], Scherzo, a, Preghiera, B, Impromptu, G, Nocturne, F, Appassionato, b

— cadenzas to Mozart: Pf Conc. K466; Beethoven: Pf Concs. 1–4, 1861

Op. 73 Fantasia, f, 2 pf, 1864

Op. 75 Album de Peterhof, 12 pieces, 1866: Souvenir, C, Aubade, E, Funeral March, g, Impromptu, E, Rêverie, d, Russian Capriccio, F, Pensées, f♯, Nocturne, G, Prelude, D, Mazurka, d, Romance, B♭, Scherzo, F

Op. 77 Fantasia, e, 1866

Op. 69 Five Pieces, 1867: Caprice, A, Nocturne, G, Scherzo, a, Romance, b, Toccata, d

Op. 71 Three Pieces, 1867: Nocturne, A, Mazurka, f, Scherzo, D

— Two Studies, C, 1867, C, 1868

Op. 82 Album of Popular Dances of the Different Nations, 1868; Russian Dance and Trepak, Lezghinka, Mazurka, Csárdás, Tarantella, Waltz, Polka

— Valse-caprice, E, 1870

Op. 81 Six Studies, f, A, g, E, d, E, 1870

Op. 89 Sonata, D, pf 4 hands, 1870

— Barcarolle no.4, G [also orchd]

Op. 88 Theme and Variations, G, 1871

Op. 93 Miscellaneous Pieces, 9 bks, 1872–3 [incl. Barcarolle no.5, a]

Op. 100 Sonata no.4, a, 1877

Op. 103 Bal costumé, 20 nos., 2 pf, 1879 [also orchd for ballet]

— Russian Serenade, b, 1879 [pubd in album in memory of Bellini]

Op. 104 Six Pieces, 1882–5 : Elegy, d, Variation, A, Study, C, Barcarolle no.6, c [also orchd], Impromptu, G, Ballade, a

Op. 109 Soirées musicales, 9 pieces, 1884 : Prelude, a, Valse, e, Nocturne, F, Scherzo, D, Impromptu, G, Rêverie-caprice, g, [8] Badinages, Theme and Variations, D, Study, E

— Bluette, 1885

Op. 114 Akrostichon no.2, 1890

— Valse, A, 1891

Op. 118 Souvenir de Dresde, 6 pieces, 1894: Simplicitas, F, Appassionata, c, Novellette, A, Caprice, C, Nocturne, A, Polonaise, E


Recordings of Anton Rubinstein's Piano Music


Cherkassky plays Anton Rubinstein "Melody" in F Op. 3 No. 1



Anton Rubinstein Kamennoi-Ostrow Op. 10 No. 22
Harold Victor Bauer (between 1915 and 1929)
Duo-Art piano roll No. 6057



Anton Rubinstein 2 Melodies, Op. 3 (1852)
Balazs Szokolay and Joseph Banowetz, piano



Morton Estrin, piano



Akrostichon No. 2, Op. 114: No. 1. Andante con moto
Joseph Banowetz, piano



Barcarolle in F Minor, Op. 30, No. 1
Alexander Paley, piano