Leipzig: M. P. Belaïeff [PN 89], 1888.
Octavo. Original publisher's dark ivory wrappers with titling within decorative border. 1f. (recto decorative chromolithographic title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto synopsis, verso blank), 98 pp. Title to upper wrapper and synopsis in Russian and French. Publisher's catalogue to recto and verso of lower wrapper. With printed dedication to head of title: "A la mémoire d'Alexandre Borodine."
Wrappers worn, chipped, and detached; small export stamp to foot of upper. Slightly worn and browned throughout; small price stamp to title.
First Edition, later issue. Davis, p. 126.
Glazunov's symphonic poem Sten'ka Razin utilizes "Ei, ukhnem" (known in English as the "Song of the Volga Boatman") depicts the lengthy folk poem, recounting the tale of how the brigand Razin kept a Persian princess captive. It was first performed 23 November 1885 at one of the Russian Symphony Concerts organized by Belaieff in St. Petersburg.
"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. There was a streak of academicism in Glazunov which at times overpowered his inspiration, an eclecticism which lacks the ultimate stamp of originality. 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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