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  1. Raymonda: Russian Symbolism meets Wagner part 2 (blog 4)

    A theme specific to Act I is Raymonda's love theme of longing for the absent Jean de Brienne, a woman's love:



    Abderakhman's theme is with some Middle Eastern "flavor" and is often truncated to the triplet figure as his motif whenever he is present on stage and involved with the action. His theme is transformed into many different emotions, for somber, to noble, to hostile. Here is his amorous side with Raymonda:
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    Updated Feb-25-2016 at 23:33 by Huilunsoittaja

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  2. Raymonda: Russian Symbolism meets Wagner part 1 (blog 3)



    The earlier blogs were about things not necessarily related to the music itself, but simply the circumstances of its composition. The blog will pertain specifically to how Glazunov created the ballet.

    Glazunov uses a series of themes and leitmotifs throughout the ballet to represent various characters of themes. He mixes and matches the themes depending on what is going
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    Updated Feb-25-2016 at 23:30 by Huilunsoittaja

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  3. Raymonda: On Trial? (blog 2)



    Glazunov completed Raymonda several months before it was premiered. As soon as he handed the music off to choreographer Marius Petipa, he is said to have tried to ditch the production, but Petipa insisted that Glazunov would come to rehearsals and monitor the
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    Updated Feb-22-2016 at 21:30 by Huilunsoittaja

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  4. Raymonda: An Introduction to an Adventure (blog 1)



    In 1897, Russian composer Alexander Glazunov was commissioned his very first ballet. This was different than the other 2 commissions that he had earlier, one in 1892 where he was asked to take his Chopiniana suite and allow it for use in a ballet, thereby becoming what was the beginnings of Les Slyphides, and his Scenes de Ballet op. 52 commissioned by the St. Petersburg Opera Orchestra. Les Sylphides was created after the fact,
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    Updated Feb-21-2016 at 21:38 by Huilunsoittaja

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  5. Glazunov's Writings, Blog 4: ON THE DANGERS OF MUSIC

    A humorous (but maybe also serious?) article Glazunov submitted to a magazine after he was asked to make an opinion about Richard Strauss... yep, we can see where this is going...

    On the Dangers of Music

    I can cite a few examples of the negative impact of music, but I can not help, first of all, not expressing perplexity for the following reason.
    How can the public understand the work of Strauss's Elektra? We, the professionals do not understand the
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    Updated Feb-27-2016 at 02:52 by Huilunsoittaja

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