A precious gem of romantic viola literature is now available in Henle quality! Thanks to the publisher’s good connections to Russian archives, we were able to assess Glazunov’s autograph for the first time for this first Urtext edition, and uncover the discrepancies between the autograph and the first print. Written in 1893 for the Danish violist Franz Hildebrand, the Élégie is one of the few original works of the 19th century for viola and thus a welcome enrichment of the repertoire. Since the piece does not make any particularly high technical demands on the soloist, the Élégie is ideally suited for teaching as well – and Tabea Zimmermann’s fingerings guarantee the best possible support.
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- Élégie op. 44
- Piano 5 medium
ABRSM: Viola Grade 8 (recommended)
Alexander K. Glazunov (1865 – 1936) composed the Élégie op. 44 for viola and piano – one of the rare original solo works for viola in the romantic repertoire – at the age of 28 for his friend the Danish violinist and viola player Franz Hildebrand. With its melodic ingenuity and the nuanced elaboration of both the viola part and the piano accompaniment, this … more
About the composer
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.
|1865||Born in St. Petersburg on August 10, the son of pianist Elena Pavlovna. As a child he learns piano, viola, and cello.|
|from 1877||He receives instruction in harmony and other subjects.|
|1880||At the suggestion of Mily Balakirev, he becomes a pupil of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov on January 4.|
|1882||On March 29 his first symphony is premiered at a concert of the Free School of Music. Enamored by it, Mitrofan Belyayev becomes his patron.|
|1884||At 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.|
|1889||He conducts his own works at the Paris Exposition Universelle.|
|1899||He becomes professor of orchestration at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.|
|1904||He writes the Violin Concerto in A minor, op. 82.|
|1905–30||Director 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.|
|1907||He is awarded honorary doctorates in music by Oxford and Cambridge universities.|
|from 1928||He 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.|
|1936||Dies in Paris on March 21.|
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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.