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Encyclopedia > Constance Keene

Constance Keene (February 9, 1921 - December 24, 2005) was an American pianist, who attracted great praise for her 1964 recording of Rachmaninov's Preludes, and in addition, won critical acclaim for her recordings of Hummel,Weber and Mendelssohn. February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for full calendar). ... December 24 is the 358th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (359th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: , Sergej Vasil’evič Rachmaninov, 1 April 1873 (N.S.) or 20 March 1873 (O.S.) – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. ...


She was born in Brooklyn, New York. One of her teachers was Abram Chasins. She won the Naumburg Piano Competition in 1943. In 1946, she stood in for Vladimir Horowitz when he was unavailable for a concert. She claimed she was the only female pianist to have ever been given this honour. In 1949 she married her former teacher Abram Chasins. He was also her duo-partner. Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... NY redirects here. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Portrait of Vladimir Horowitz, captured from the documentary The Last Romantic. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...


She later became a teacher herself. Her pupils included the children of Artur Rubinstein, who said he was "flabbergasted by the colour, sweep and imagination and ... incredible technique. I cannot imagine anybody, including Rachmaninov, playing the piano so beautifully". For many years, she was on the piano faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and was a member of it's Board of Trustees. She was also sought out as a piano competition adjudicator. Arthur Rubinstein photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 Artur Rubinstein (January 28, 1887 – December 20, Polish pianist best known for his performances of Chopin and his championing of Spanish music. ...


After Chasins' death in 1987, Constance Keene married Milton Kean. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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