Talk:Alexander Glazunov

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Glazunov copyright[edit]

Was somewhat concerned because his death date was 1936 but according to the Russian copyright law of '93 copyrights on publications of works (especially those during his lifetime - I'm thinking of the reductions of his 5th and 8th symphony and a few others, PDFs of many of which are online) expired last year at latest, if I understand this. Just to note that down. Schissel | Sound the Note! 23:33, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

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Family life[edit]

There's next to nothing that I can find about his family life. Apparently he married "late" to a woman named Elena and his daughter was adopted. The daughter was a pianist, who appeared as "Yelena Glazunova", and is also referred to as "Yelena Gunther-Glazunova", and she apparently had the task of watching him for signs of alcoholism. His late marriage is also referred to as "so unexpected". I also know that Sergei Tarnowsky married his "step-daughter". There's only mention of one child, so I assume the "adopted daughter" and the "step-daughter" are one and the same person. Not sure about the "Gunther" part of her name: she may have been born with the surname Gunther (from her mother's first marriage, perhaps?). Or, that may have been the name she acquired by marriage after she and Tarnowsky divorced (which is again an assumption based on the fact that Tarnowsky later married one of his own students, a certain Maxine Matlavish). Why was Glazunov's marriage "so unexpected"? Was he a "confirmed bachelor" up till then? Are there any recordings of Yelena (Gunther-)Glazunova's playing? Was she at all notable other than as the composer's daughter? Does anyone have these and other family life details? -- JackofOz (talk) 21:53, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

I've now discovered a reference to his "son-in-law Herbert Guenther" (liner notes to the Ruggiero Ricci VOX recording of the Violin Concerto). That seems to mean that his daughter married Herbert Guenther after Tarnowsky had left the scene. -- JackofOz (talk) 00:30, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
And here are more references to Herbert Gunther – [1], [2]. I can’t open the latter cite, and my German is almost non-existent anyway, but I can glean a connection. His dates are apparently 1906-1978. -- JackofOz (talk) 00:36, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
I think I've sorted it out now. The Elena I linked to above was his mother. He married an Olga Nikolayevna Gavrilova, who had a daughter named Elena (the pianist). I've added a new section "Married life". He was 64 when he married (and Olga was 54). I guess that late starting age explains why people were so surprised that he married at all. -- JackofOz (talk) 01:24, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

The following quotation, from Thomas Preston: Before the Curtain, London, John Murray, 1950, may perhaps be of some interest here. Describing a visit he made to Glazunov's home in or around November 1923, Preston writes: "About eight o'clock Madame Gavrilov and her daughter, who had kept the house of the great musician for many years, came in from a concert, and began to prepare the evening meal" (p. 192, my italics). Preston, a British diplomat, claims to have known Glazunov well: "From this day onwards, for the many years that I was to spend in Soviet Russia, Alexander Constantinovitch became my dearest friend and hardly a week passed without our meeting, either at our respective houses, or at some concert or musical entertainment" (pp. 191 - 192). Also: "I kept up quite a lively correspondence with him until his death and greatly prize his letters" (p. 196). --Dalkeith46 (talk) 14:58, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

Composer project review[edit]

I've reviewed this article as part of the Composers project review of its B-class articles. This is a fine article; I found only relatively small things to complain about. My full review is on the comments page; questions and comments should be left here or on my talk page. Magic♪piano 16:44, 28 March 2009 (UTC)

Glazunov and cosmopolitanism[edit]

I added citation request, because the term cosmopolitanism hardly is a correct one for description of Alexander Glazunov music style. M.D.Calvocoressi quotes Alexander Ossovsky, who wrote about Glazunov's role in reconcialiation between Russian and Western music. See M.D.Calvocoressi, Gerald Abraham, Masters of Russian Music, Tudor Publishing Co., New York, 1944, pages 434, 435. Also in my view the Introductory section needs some attention. Semimartingale (talk) 20:16, 25 September 2011 (UTC)

Key of the 2nd Piano Concerto, Op. 100[edit]

The first paragraph of the "Conservatory" section refers to the 2nd Piano Concerto being in B minor. Later, in the paragraph headed "Married Life", the same concerto is referred to as being in B major (as is also the case in the Wikipedia page listing Glazunov's compositions). The sleeve notes to the Naxos CD [8.553928] of Oxana Yablonskaya's recording of the concerto with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra refer to the key as "B/E major", indicating some ambiguity of the key (indeed, the sleeve notes differ somewhat between the English, French, German and Spanish versions provided!). However we resolve the matter, we should be consistent! (talk) 11:42, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Just checked the score at the International Music Score Library Project site. It begins in B major and ends in E major. Kostaki mou (talk) 15:09, 5 March 2015 (UTC)


Glazunov's name is usually accented on the first syllable by radio announcers. I have been told that it should actually be accented on the second. Which is correct? Kostaki mou (talk) 22:27, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

The footnote indicates that it should actually be accented on the last syllable! Kostaki mou (talk) 03:11, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

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