Russian composer. His father was a book publisher, his mother a pianist. In he met Balakirev, who recommended Rimsky-Korsakov as a private composition teacher. A lifelong friendship developed between teacher and student, despite the difference in age.

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Prodigy[ edit ] Glazunov was born in Saint Petersburg , the son of a wealthy publisher. He began studying piano at the age of nine and began composing at Rimsky-Korsakov premiered this work in , when Glazunov was Borodin and Stasov , among others, lavishly praised both the work and its composer.

By the spring of , Rimsky-Korsakov considered Glazunov more of a junior colleague than a student. Young composers started appealing for his help. To help select from their offerings, Belyayev asked Glazunov to serve with Rimsky-Korsakov and Lyadov on an advisory council. He emerged from a creative crisis in — with a new maturity. During the s he wrote three symphonies, two string quartets and a ballet.

When he was elected director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in , he was at the height of his creative powers. His best works from this period are considered his Eighth Symphony and his Violin Concerto. This was also the time of his greatest international acclaim. He conducted the last of the Russian Historical Concerts in Paris on 17 May , and received honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

There were also cycles of all-Glazunov concerts in Saint Petersburg and Moscow to celebrate his 25th anniversary as a composer. While this assertion cannot be confirmed, it is not implausible for a man who, according to Shostakovich, kept a bottle of alcohol hidden behind his desk and sipped it through a tube during lessons. He conducted concerts in factories, clubs and Red Army posts. After he left Russia, he conducted an evening of his works in Paris in In the wake of the Russian Revolution and firing, then re-hiring of Rimsky-Korsakov that year, Glazunov became its director.

He remained so until the revolutionary events of , which culminated on 7 November. His Piano Concerto No. He also personally examined hundreds of students at the end of each academic year, writing brief comments on each.

Because of his reputation, the Conservatory received special status among institutions of higher learning in the aftermath of the October Revolution. Glazunov established a sound working relationship with the Bolshevik regime, especially with Anatoly Lunacharsky , the minister of education.

Increasingly, professors demanded more progressive methods, and students wanted greater rights. Glazunov saw these demands as both destructive and unjust. Tired of the Conservatory, he took advantage of the opportunity to go abroad in for the Schubert centenary celebrations in Vienna.

He did not return. Maximilian Steinberg ran the Conservatory in his absence until Glazunov finally resigned in He always claimed that the reason for his continued absence from Russia was "ill health"; this enabled him to remain a respected composer in the Soviet Union, unlike Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff , who had left for other reasons.

In , he conducted an orchestra of Parisian musicians in the first complete electrical recording of The Seasons. In , he wrote his Saxophone Concerto , a virtuoso and lyrical work for the alto saxophone. Tarnowsky was also a noted piano teacher, whose students included Vladimir Horowitz. The announcement of his death shocked many, who had long associated Glazunov with the music of the past rather than of the present and assumed he had already been dead for many years.

It is claimed that he reconstructed the overture from memory, having heard it played on the piano only once[ citation needed ], although this claim is dubious, as the overture, with its involved counterpoint, is not playable by a single pianist. It is much more likely that, as attested by Shostakovich in "Testimony," that Glazunov simply composed the overture, giving all the credit to Borodin.


Chant du ménestrel, Op.71 (Glazunov, Aleksandr)

This concert piece was very popular, especially in the first decade of the twentieth century. This rapid gain in popularity was partly due to the fact that Beatrice Harrison, the famous seventeen-year-old English cellist, performed the piece in at the Royal College of Music with Glazunov conducting. The Russian and European image of the minstrel, or "troubador" in other translations, is a fitting one for Romanticism as well, as in the early s it represented those who freely performed and composed their own brand of music. The main melody of the work is plaintive, almost elegiac in quality, appearing in the more tenor-like range of the cello. The cello sings out in full voice and the phrases are long and sorrowful.


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Yor There follows an Allegro marciale, then an Allegretto scherzando, which breaks off. The cello sings out in full voice and the phrases are long and menfstrel. He attended the Moscow ru and his meeting with Rimsky-Korsakov was the beginning of a new informal association of Russian composers, perceived by Balakirev as a threat to his own position and influence, as self-appointed mentor of the Russian nationalist composers. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. It is becoming increasingly unnecessary to defend the reputation of Glazunov. Romantic Music for Cello and Orchestra.



The Bells — Live in Moscow. The Art of the Theremin. The main melody of the work is plaintive, almost elegiac in quality, appearing in the more tenor-like range of the cello. Music for Growing Minds, Vol. The melody makes its return first in the winds, then is passed along to the cello to finish out the piece. The winds have shorter, beautifully written solos that complement the melody in the most appropriate manner. Recital Music Most transcriptions published by Recital Music are by David Heyes, who has a successful and meneetrel track record when arranging for double bass.


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