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  1. 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.
  2. 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

    Updated Feb-27-2016 at 01:52 by Huilunsoittaja

    Composers , Classical Music , Personal , Literature , Other
  3. 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
  4. Faces: Epilogue

    Vasily and Irina moved to Yalta that March. Irina's parents settled everything with their old apartment, and with their savings they made the long trip with their belongings south, to the Crimean coastline. Yalta was a common destination for the sick, especially those with Vasily's illness. When they got there, it was considerably more humid and warm, which was perfect treatment.

    Over the course of 6 years, Vasily wrote some of his finest compositions in Yalta, and provided a small
  5. Faces: Chapter 11 (Part 2)

    No more than a week later did I find out that the bassoonist I had spoken to was ill. I had the urge to visit him, just for some conversation, when I noticed a great commotion at his home. His extended family was all there, and looking terribly distressed. I made my way in, as I wanted to pay respects to him. It was then that I realized how close to death he really was.
    This poor man had taken an unusually high fever, and wasn't expected to live. His family was all there, clamoring about
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