As promised, Sasha went to the Thursday rehearsal later in the afternoon and took Ana Pavlovna out. She didn’t act much different from how she was at the gathering, except that she felt no pressure to fight for his attention anymore. Sasha decided to take her somewhere intimate and simple, not overly ostentatious and luxurious. Perhaps then he could reveal a different side to her. In this little tavern at twilight, he had an interesting conversation with her.
First came Glazunov, then came Dostoevsky.
It would be insincere to say that Dostoevsky doesn't influence me as much because he wasn't a composer. Quite the contrary! Dostoevsky inspired a great surge in creative writing interest in myself, and I came to love his writing style besides his characters, themes and story lines. He's the single greatest influence on me as a writer.
Biography of Dostoevsky
Quotes from his writings, as he often used his characters to divulge his ideas, or sometimes contradict them insightfully
Being written in collaboration, I can only guess that Glazunov wouldn't have normally spoken this harshly unless he had people to stand with him, i.e. other St. Petersburg Conservatory Professors. With that said, it is still impressive statement.
Context: In the winter before, Rimsky-Korsakov was dismissed from the Conservatory for supporting student demonstrations (see 1905 demonstrations of Russia). Glazunov, Liadov, and a few others in turn left the school, basically shutting down
Updated Oct-07-2015 at 23:28 by Huilunsoittaja
AKA Glazunov being a REALLLLL snoot while also being quite the zealous advocate of one of his all-time favorite compositions. I got a lot of laughs out of this one, and it was much easier to translate:
The great German composer Robert Schumann, born in 1810, unlike his predecessors, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and contemporaries, began to study thoroughly and musically develop relatively late, having been about 20 years old.
The creative attitude Schumann began
Updated Sep-19-2015 at 05:34 by Huilunsoittaja
The first of what I hope will be many more essays I will translate by him. The Russian grammar was hard to translate to English, but I tried my best! We begin:
It is very difficult to answer the question of how musical thoughts arise, what furthers the creative process and what living conditions contribute to the creative work. My situation was generally so. First, when improvising at the piano, or directly, such as while walking or insomnia occurred to the melody or the so-called
Updated Sep-16-2015 at 05:26 by Huilunsoittaja