ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV 1865-1936
Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov was a Russian composer, music teacher, and conductor of the late Russian Romantic period. He served as director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory between 1905 and 1928 and was instrumental in the reorganization of the institute into the Petrograd Conservatory, then the Leningrad Conservatory, following the Bolshevik Revolution. He continued heading the Conservatory until 1930, though he had left the Soviet Union in 1928 and did not return. Glazunov was significant in that he successfully reconciled nationalism and cosmopolitanism in Russian music.
The composer is the author of eight symphonies, seven quartets, two sonatas and other works for piano, romances. The 5th, 6th and 8th symphonies belong to the best symphonies of Glazunov. Glazunov's most popular works nowadays are his ballets The Seasonsand Raymonda, some of his later symphonies, particularly the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth, the Polonaise from Les Sylphides, and his two Concert Waltzes. He conducted the last of the Russian Historical Concerts in Paris on 17 May 1907, and received honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
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