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Aleksandr Glazunov

Aleksandr GlazunovAKA Aleksandr Konstaninovich Glazunov

Born: 29-Jul-1865
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: 21-Mar-1936
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, St. Petersburg, Russia

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Composer

Nationality: Russia
Executive summary: Raymonda

Russian musical composer, born in St. Petersburg on the 10th of August 1865, his father being a publisher and bookseller. He showed an early talent for music, and studied for a year of so under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. At the age of sixteen he composed a symphony (afterwards elaborated and published as op. 5), but his opus I was a quartet in D, followed by a pianoforte suite on S-a-c-h-a, the diminutive of his name Aleksandr. In 1884 he was taken up by Franz Liszt, and soon became known as a composer. His first symphony was played that year at Weimar and he appeared as a conductor at the Paris exhibition in 1889. In 1897 his fourth and fifth symphonies were performed in London under his own conducting. In 1900 he became professor at the St. Petersburg conservatoire. His separate works, including orchestral symphonies, dance music and songs, make a long list. Glazunov is a leading representative of the modern Russian school, and a master of orchestration; his tendency as compared with contemporary Russian composers is towards classical form, and he was much influenced by Brahms, though in "program music" he is represented by such works as his symphonic poems The Forest, Stenka Razin, The Kremlin and his suite Aus dem Mittelalter. His ballet music, as in Raymonda, achieved much popularity. He left Russia in 1928, to reside briefly in the United States and thereafter in Paris. Later works include his Concerto-Ballata for Cello and Orchestra (1931) and a Concerto for Saxophone, Flute, and Strings (1934).

    Professor: St. Petersburg Conservatory (1899-1905)
    Administrator: Director, St. Petersburg Conservatory (1905-)

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