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  1. 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 20:38 by Huilunsoittaja

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  2. Preview of my novel "Brother" from Chapter 16

    Chapter 16

    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.
    “How
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  3. 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 01:52 by Huilunsoittaja

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  4. Dostoevsky: My other favorite Russian

    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
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  5. Glazunov's Writings, Blog 3: Collaborative Diatribe against the Autocracy, 1905

    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
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    Updated Oct-07-2015 at 21:28 by Huilunsoittaja

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