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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 117 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ALEXANDER CONSTANTINOVICH GLAZUNOV (1865- )  ,
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Russian musical composer, was born in St
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Petersburg on the loth of August 1865, his
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father being a publisher and bookseller . He showed an early talent for
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music, and studied for a
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year or so with Rimsky-Korsakov . At the age of sixteen he composed a
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symphony (afterwards elaborated and published as op . 5), but his opus 1 was a quartet in D, followed by a pianoforte suite on S-a-c-h-a, the diminutive of his name Alexander . In 1884 he was taken up by Liszt, and soon became known as a composer . His first symphony was played that year at
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Weimar, and he appeared as a conductor at the Paris
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exhibition in 1889 . In 1897 his
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fourth and fifth symphonies were performed in Londonunder his own conducting . In 1900 he became professor at the St Petersburg conservatoire . His
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separate
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works, including orchestral symphonies, dance music and songs, make a long list . Glazunov is a leading representative of the
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modern Russian school, and a master of orchestration; his tendency as compared with contemporary Russian composers is towards classical form, and he was much influenced by Brahms, though in " programme music " he is represented by such works as his symphonic poems The
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Forest, Stenka Razin, The Kremlin and his suite Aus dem Mittelalter . His
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ballet music, as in Raymonda, achieved much popularity .

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