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  1. 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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  2. The Power of Performance: Impressions on Stephen Coombs' Glazunov Project, Part II

    PART 2

    Coombs divides the solo piano music of Glazunov into 4 volumes, each one featuring at least one long work. Thus, the Theme and Variations op. 72, the 2 piano sonatas, and the Prelude and Fugues op. 101 are all on separate discs. Coombs made sure to add works without opus number as well, including a few student works of bizarre maturity. In this way, Coombs gives each work its due, and thus making the volumes have a kind of big-picture progression in and of itself.
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    Updated Feb-27-2016 at 01:52 by Huilunsoittaja

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  3. The Power of Performance: Impressions on Stephen Coombs' Glazunov Project, Part I

    Stephen Coombs is the only person on the planet to have learned the near entirety of Glazunov's piano music, and also to have recorded it. There are a number of complete solo music compilations out there, most notably by Duane Hulbert and Tatiana Franova, but neither of those pianists have also done the 2 Piano Concertos whereas Coombs has, all for the Hyperion label. If there was a pianist who monopolized on a single composer, Coombs would be it for Glazunov. His discography:

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    Updated Dec-27-2015 at 05:23 by Huilunsoittaja

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  4. 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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  5. Glazunov's Writings, Blog 2: Robert Schumann & the E flat Symphony [No. 3 "Rhenish"]

    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
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    Updated Sep-19-2015 at 03:34 by Huilunsoittaja (Update)

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