Alexander Constantinovich Glazounov

Alexander Constantinovich GlazounovAlexander Glazounov was born August 10, 1865, at St. Petersburg, Russia, and was the son of a well-known bookseller and publisher.

After leaving school he attended lectures at the University of St. Petersburg.

He commenced to stud music at the age of nine under Elenovsky, and subsequently on the advice of Balakirev studied with Rimsky-Korsakoff.

He showed astonishing talent as a composer, and speedily came to the front.

He received encouragement also from Anton Rubinstein, and as Rubinstein and Rimsky-Korsakoff were at the head of opposing schools of thought, Glazounov enjoyed exceptional advantages.

Liszt was also much interested and obtained a hearing for his works in Weimar.

Success in Paris and London followed.

His works include seven symphonies, symphonic poems, orchestral suites, and much other orchestral and chamber music.

While Glazounov cannot be said to have altogether fulfilled the promise of his youth, he undoubtedly occupies a prominent place among contemporary Russian composers.

He has never had a hard fight for recognition that is the lot of most composers, and has never know the pinch of poverty.

In 1899 he became professor of instrumentation at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Alexader Glazounov died March 21, 1936, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.