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Élégie op. 44
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Alexander Glasunow

A Russian composer and conductor, whose works are distinguished by diverse stylistic features. His music is also characterized by the use of folkloric elements, typical of the St. Petersburg tradition. His works include eight symphonies, concerti, chamber music, songs, and stage works.

1865Born in St. Petersburg on August 10, the son of pianist Elena Pavlovna. As a child he learns piano, viola, and cello.
from 1877He receives instruction in harmony and other subjects.
1880At the suggestion of Mily Balakirev, he becomes a pupil of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov on January 4.
1882On March 29 his first symphony is premiered at a concert of the Free School of Music. Enamored by it, Mitrofan Belyayev becomes his patron.
1884At Belyayev’s initiative, his symphony is performed once more, in Weimar, where he also meets Franz Liszt. A tour through France, Morocco, and Spain ensues.
1889He conducts his own works at the Paris Exposition Universelle.
1899He becomes professor of orchestration at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
1904He writes the Violin Concerto in A minor, op. 82.
1905–30Director of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In times of political turbulence, he endeavors to preserve the autonomy of the conservatory and to maintain musical exchanges with the West.
1907He is awarded honorary doctorates in music by Oxford and Cambridge universities.
from 1928He travels to Vienna to attend a Schubert competition as a jury member, after which he settles in Paris. He receives engagements as a guest conductor in Europe and North America.
1936Dies in Paris on March 21.

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Dominik Rahmer (Editor)

Dr. Dominik Rahmer, born in 1971 in Mainz, studied musicology, philosophy and maths in Bonn. He did his Magister Artium in 1999 and his doctorate in 2006 with a thesis on the music criticism of Paul Dukas.

From 2001 to 2011 he was employed at Boosey & Hawkes/Bote & Bock in Berlin, where he also worked on the Critical Edition of the Works of Jacques Offenbach (OEK). Since 2011 he has been an editor at G. Henle Publishers in Munich, with a particular focus on French and Russian music and works for wind instruments.

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Klaus Schilde (Fingering)

Prof. Klaus Schilde, born in 1926, spent his childhood in Dresden. There he was greatly influenced by Walter Engel, who taught him the piano (Kodaly method), composition and violin. From 1946–1948 he studied at the music conservatory in Leipzig with Hugo Steurer. After moving to the west in 1952 he studied with Walter Gieseking and Edwin Fischer, as well as with Marguerite Long, Lucette Descaves and Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

Schilde won numerous prizes. From 1947 onwards he gave concerts as a soloist and chamber musician on almost every single continent with renowned orchestras. He taught at the music conservatories in East Berlin Detmold, West Berlin, Munich, Tokyo (Geidai) and Weimar. From 1988–1991 he was President of the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, where he also taught for decades as a professor. There are numerous radio and television broadcasts with Klaus Schilde as well as CD recordings. Schilde has contributed fingerings to almost 100 Henle Urtext editions.

Prof. Klaus Schilde passed away on 10 December, 2020.

Tabea Zimmermann (Fingering and bowing for Viola)

As usual, Henle have provided a fingered as well as a clean copy of the viola part, with their customary excellence in print layout. A must for violists to include in their repertoire.

AUSTA Stringendo, 2015

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