Alexander Glazunov

Violin Concerto in A Minor, op. 82

            A man of prodigious musical talents, Glazunov’s long career as a composer, performer, teacher, and music administrator spanned a period of profound evolutionary musical changes.   As a young man he was a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov at the St. Petersburg Conservatory around 1880, ultimately succeeding him as director, but he lived well into the nineteen thirties, long after Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, et al, had led the world into modernism.  There has always seemed to be an innate tendency for pundits in the arts to denigrate as passé the work of those geniuses who—despite achievement and contributions of the highest order—have the misfortune to live on into changed times.  It is true of J.S.