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  1. 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 ...

    Updated Feb-25-2016 at 22:30 by Huilunsoittaja

    Classical Music , Composers , Non-Classical Music , Personal , Other
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  2. Henryk Szeryng Mozart Violin Concertos #3 & #5

    I take particular satisfaction, in these Vinyl's Revenge posts, to share recordings from my old vinyl collection that allowed me to first discover portions of the repertoire.

    I first heard Mozart's violin concerto no. 3 in concert - at the old Mointreal Symphony Summer series at Notre-Dame Basilica. The soloist that day was then-concertmaster Richard Roberts, who studied one summer under the Polish-born, adopted Mexican violinist Henryk Szeryng. In my quest to find some examples of ...
  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 ...

    Updated Feb-22-2016 at 20:30 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, ...

    Updated Feb-21-2016 at 20:38 by Huilunsoittaja

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  5. Robin Alciatore Plays Chopin

    I know I'm a few days shy of Valentine's Day, but I thought I would share some romantic music for this moth's installment of Once Upon the Internet, and delve into some downloads from the defunct MP3.COM.

    For those of us who emember the site, there were a few "special pages"of classical content, and one of them was aptky titled "The Music of Frederic Chopin" and featured ...
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