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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 be 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 Apr-23-2018 at 05:34 by Huilunsoittaja

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  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. 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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  4. Spur-of-the-moment blog! On this day March 21



    While people celebrate Bach's 331st birthday, today also marks the 80th anniversary of Glazunov's death. He died in Paris in 1936 in exile, but not alone. There by him were his wife and adopted daughter, and Russian friends who also lived in exile with him. He had a very honorable funeral in Paris where all his contemporary friends came, Russians and non-Russians. The column stone that resides on his grave today is
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    Updated Mar-21-2016 at 20:30 by Huilunsoittaja

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  5. Raymonda: Going to bed tonight (blog 7)

    Leaving the "plot hole" aside, that drew my attention to other things, the performance itself. Overall, I approve of the conductor. He picked some excellent interpretations for some of the numbers, though on certain things I heavily disagreed on. But another thing struck my attention: the orchestra was holding itself back. But... why? This isn't opera where the orchestra could easily overpower singers! This is ballet! Can music overpower dancing? Pish-posh! The absolutely awesome sections
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    Updated Feb-25-2016 at 19:12 by Huilunsoittaja

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