Alexander Glazunov


1865 – 1936


Who was Alexander Glazunov?

Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov was a Russian composer of the late Russian Romantic period, music teacher and conductor. He served as director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory between 1905 and 1928 and was also instrumental in the reorganization of the institute into the Petrograd Conservatory, then the Leningrad Conservatory, following the Bolshevik Revolution. He continued heading the Conservatory until 1930, though he had left the Soviet Union in 1928 and did not return. The best known student under his tenure during the early Soviet years was Dmitri Shostakovich.

Glazunov was significant in that he successfully reconciled nationalism and cosmopolitanism in Russian music. While he was the direct successor to Balakirev's nationalism, he tended more towards Borodin's epic grandeur while absorbing a number of other influences. These included Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral virtuosity, Tchaikovsky's lyricism and Taneyev's contrapuntal skill. His weaknesses were a streak of academicism which sometimes overpowered his inspiration and an eclecticism which could sap the ultimate stamp of originality from his music.


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Aug 10, 1865
Saint Petersburg
Also known as
  • Aleksandr Glazunov
  • Александр Константинович Глазунов
  • Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov
  • Alexander Glazunov - 1865-1936
  • A. Glazunov
  • Alexander Glasunov
  • Glazunov, Alexander Konstantinovich
  • Russia
  • Saint Petersburg Conservatory
Lived in
  • Saint Petersburg
Mar 21, 1936

on July 23, 2013