Leipzig: M. P. Belaïeff [PN 2202], 1901.
Folio. 1f. (recto highly decorative chromolithographic title gilt, verso blank), 3-69, [i] (publisher's catalogue) pp.
With printed performance directions.
Disbound. Light uniform browning. Circular distributor's handstamp to foot of title.
First Edition. Davis, pp. 181-2.
Vremena goda (Les Saisons), a ballet in one act (divided into 4 tableaux) based on a scenario by Marius Petipa, was first performed in St. Peterburg at the Hermitage Theatre on 7 February 1900. The first tableau was performed separately as part of an orchestral concert the previous year.
"In 1899, Glazunov's music for The Seasons again inspired creativity from [Marius] Petipa. Under its French title, Les Saisons, the ballet was first performed on 7 February 1900 for members of the Imperial family and its court on the small stage of the Hermitage Theater, which was linked to the tsar's winter residence by a bridge. Petipa's daughter Marie appeared with the great dansuer noble Pavel Gerdt as her partner in the autumnal bacchanal." International Encyclopedia of Dance V, p. 161.
"Within Russian music, Glazunov has a significant place because he succeeded in reconciling Russianism and Europeanism. He was the direct heir of Balakirev's nationalism but tended more towards Borodin's epic grandeur. At the same time he absorbed Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral virtuosity, the lyricism of Tchaikovsky and the contrapuntal skill of Taneyev ... The younger composers (Prokofiev, Shostakovich) abandoned him as old-fashioned. But he remains a composer of imposing stature and a stabilizing influence in a time of transition and turmoil." Boris Schwarz in Grove Music Online.
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