Glazunov the Radical
Composer of the Week
Radio 3’s Composer of the Week is Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) and Thursday’s programme explores his place in the politics of the St Petersburg Conservatory in the early years of the twentieth century.
The composer was appointed professor of instrumentation at the Conservatory in 1899 and became the first elected director in 1905.
In 1904-5 he and Rimsky-Korsakov with their Liberal political views, became heroes for their students. Because of this, Glazunov’s music was scrutinized by the police and always rigorously compared to state requirements for messages in art. It was during this time that he composed his well-known Violin Concerto.