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Lydia Kavina (1967 - )

Theremin Virtuosa

The relationship between Lydia and Lev is this: Her mother's father was Lev's first cousin. Lydia's late mother was an accomplished player in her own right--a protegee of Lev's many years ago....


Percy Grainger (1882 - 1961)

Australian Composer, who realised his 'Free Music' using the Theremin

Grainger collaborated with Leon Theremin from 1936-37 before Theremin 'disappeared' back to the Soviet Union. Grainger wrote three pieces for the theremin. The score to Free Music No.1 was written...


Leon Theremin (1896 - 1993)

Inventor of the Theremin, and leading Russian Scientist

Inventor of the Theremin Leon Theremin invented a number of musical instruments. The Most well known is of course, the Theremin; though he also went on to develop the Terpistone, the Theremin...


Clara Rockmore (1911 - 1998)

The 'Grand Dame' of the Theremin

Don't forget that you are dealing with air! Think of your fingers as delicate butterfly wings, and you will get much further than if you use strength"- Clara Rockmore The greatest...


John Cage (1912 - 1992)

Experimental composer who experimented with the theremin

"When Theremin provided an instrument with genuinely new possibilities, thereminists did their utmost to make the instrument sound like some old instrument, giving it sickeningly sweet...


Henry Cowell (1897 - 1965)

Co-Inventor of the Rhythmicon

The American Avant-Garde composer Henry Dixon Cowell was largely self-educated, though studied musicology in Berlin (1931-32). He experimented with new musical resources; in his piano compositions...


Joseph Schillinger (1895 - 1943)

Composer and Theorist who wrote a number of works for theremin

"Music plus electricity equals the sound of the 20th century. 1 " - Joseph Schillinger, 1918 Another project Leon Theremin was involved in was the mechanical...


Bohuslav Martinu (1890 - 1959)

Composer of "Fantaisie for Theremin, Oboe, and String Quartet"

Martinu composed his "Fantaisie" in the September of 1944, completing it on the 1st October. The premiere took place on the 3rd November in New York, performed by its dedicatee, Lucie...


Edgard Varese (1883 - 1965)

Electronic Pioneer

Varèse spent the first few years in the United States meeting important contributors to American music, promoting his vision of new electronic music instruments, conducting orchestras, and...


Lennington Shewell ( - )

Theremin player employed by RCA to demonstrate its instrument

Lennington Heppe Shewell (opposite, in the centre), was employed by RCA to travel around the USA demonstrating the theremin as part of its marketing campaign. The older gentleman standing behind...


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Theremin Times - First Russian portal about theremin News. Audio. Video. History. Thereminists....

By theremin-times, Jun 6

The Sage Gateshead, UK
Hi We're hoping to present a festival of Percy Grainger's work at The Sage Gateshead in the UK,...

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January 2011, quartets, sextets, trios, etc.
Rupert Chappelle plays the theremin multi-tracked with the Zoom R-16....

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on www.etheremin.com, i've created a new webpage dedicated to unpublished theremin scores. Some...

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