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  1. Glazunov's Writings, Blog 5: A new production of Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky (update)

    This is an updated translation of this text, meant to published long ago but didn't get around to editing. Should definitely be interesting for Mussorgsky fans, especially those who are Godunov fans!



    Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, presented at the consideration of the Directorate of the Imperial Theaters in 1870, was initially rejected. The motives served allegedly "abundance of choirs, ensembles, solo absence numbers. " The opera was staged only January
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    Updated Mar-28-2018 at 06:25 by Huilunsoittaja

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    Classical Music , Composers , Literature , Other
  2. Glazunov's Writings, Blog 6: Mozart in All of Us

    A big thanks to a German-speaking friend who volunteered to translate this for me. This speech was likely made originally in German for a symposium because it dates 1931, after Glazunov left the USSR for good. Mozart fans would especially be interested in this, enjoy!


    Mozart in all of us

    In the second half of the 18th century, a miracle happened on this planet: in the heavens of art a new star emerged, whose glistening overshadowed all other earthly lights,
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  3. What Makes It Great?: "Nowadays" from CHICAGO

    This is the second entry in my blog series whose title, “What Makes It Great,” is based on that of a now-defunct regular feature of a classical radio station in Washington, DC. The present subject is an iconic Bob Fosse number from the ever-popular John Kander/Fred Ebb musical Chicago: “Nowadays,” first performed on Broadway (in 1975) by Chita Rivera as Velma Kelly and Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart. Having finally been acquitted of murdering her husband in Jazz Age Chicago, Roxie laments that
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    Updated Jan-06-2018 at 21:25 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Composers , Non-Classical Music , Recorded Music , Other
  4. What Makes It Great?: The Penultimate Scene of SCHINDLER'S LIST



    A classical radio station in Washington, DC once ran a regular feature called “What Makes It So Great,” in which the “greatness” of some musical work was analyzed. I would like to do something similar with a movie scene: the penultimate scene of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, commonly known as the “I could have got more” scene. It is the 1940's, and German businessman Oscar Schindler (Liam Neeson) has employed 1100 Polish Jews
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    Updated Jan-12-2018 at 01:58 by Bellinilover

    Tags: film, film scores
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    Classical Music , Composers , Visual Arts , Other
  5. Birthday Tribute: 1906 Poem for Glazunov in honor of his 25th anniversary as composer

    It rhymes in Russian which is the funny part. He must have been very amused to read it... especially the allusions to tasty stuff...

    Многоуважаемый А.К. Глазунов
    Вы который, Вы, который
    Нам Бетховена милей,
    Самый ранний, самый скорый
    Заслужили юбилей.
    Вы, которому хваленья
    Сыплет мир со всех сторон,
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