As a composer, Alexander Glazunov was as at home in the late Romantic symphony as he was in chamber music forms. His shorter solo pieces impress on account of their enchanting melodies and their attention to detail, which is also true of the Rêverie for horn and piano. Glazunov was himself a good horn player and played in several orchestras as a young student. It was at this time that Glazunov composed this highly romantic work in which he showed off the melodious qualities of this instrument to their best advantage. It is an effective recital piece, even for advanced pupils, and is being published for the first time as an Urtext edition; alongside the first edition we also consulted Glazunov’s autograph in the National Library of Russia in St Petersburg for the first time.
- Rêverie op. 24
Alexander K. Glazunov (1865 – 1936) counts among those musical prodigies who exhibited proof of their extraordinary compositional gifts already at a very young age. This private pupil of Nikolai A. Rimsky-Korsakov caused a stir in the St Petersburg musical world with his 1st Symphony at just 16 years of age. And although Glazunov never performed in public as an … 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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Die Ausgabe ist sehr sauber gedruckt. Die Papierqualität ist exzellent. Auch durch die detaillierte Forschungsarbeit ist hier eine Urtextausgabe zur Freude eines jeden Hornbläsers erschienen.