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  1. Glazunov’s Symphony No. 4: The Bridge Worth Crossing (Part 2)

    At face value, this symphony already poses some interesting features. The Fourth Symphony only has three movements: two relatively long and complex outer movements and a Scherzo in between. While none of the movements use Sonata form, Glazunov creates his own modified versions of theme and variation and sonata-rondo. Much like Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, this symphony’s main basis is an immense cyclical form of a handful of concrete themes. However, this is not a feature that the Nationalists
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  2. Glazunov’s Symphony No. 4: The Bridge Worth Crossing (Part 1)

    In the second half the 19th century, a civil war of musical sorts brewed in Russia. During the 1800s, there was a surge of artistic expression in Russia on all sides, from literature to art to music. Of all the intense identity crises that hit, musical academia was perhaps hit the hardest. In the course of 50 years, a clear division of ideology split musical academia in two: in St. Petersburg, a set of composers known as the “Mighty Handful” had set up camp and declared themselves as the true
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  3. Russian Composer Photo Spoof Blog. BECAUSE I CAN.


    Arensky: We got this guys, we got this.
    Taneyev: Who ever said trimming a cigar with a violin bow would be so hard?
    Zvantsev: I know, right? But we'll be the first ever to succeed!
    Arensky: Just focus guys...
    *camera flash*
    Arensky turns at camera: Scriabin! What are you doing with that camera?! Get back here!! *runs after him*
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    Updated Sep-04-2013 at 03:19 by Huilunsoittaja

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  4. Who was this man? An hommage to Glazunov, Part III

    The incidents of 1905 will go down in Russian history forever, involving strife between the Czars and the growing dissenting establishment that would later lead to Revolution. The Conservatory locked-down after the Czar dismissed Rimsky-Korsakov from his composition chair and all the rest responded with resignations of their own, including Glazunov. The lock-down resulted in a whole recreation of the administration in which the students voted for placements. Despite his own secret wishes, Glazunov
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    Updated Aug-17-2013 at 22:46 by Huilunsoittaja

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  5. Who was this man? An hommage to Glazunov, Part II

    "It is impossible for me to occupy myself with other things, I'm obsessed with music. When I could not compose, I had the feeling of wasting my time." - Glazunov
    He soon became acquainted with the musical establishment in St. Petersburg and beyond. It was a rigorous life of composing 3-4 major compositions each year for Belyayev, literally a full-time position. He was originally stylistically a Nationalist, and loved all things related, and took up the opinions of his mentors for
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    Updated Aug-10-2013 at 16:55 by Huilunsoittaja

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