Alexander Glazunov

Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936)

Nationality: Russian | Soviet
Born: August 10, 1865, St. Petersburg Died: March 21, 1936, Paris (age 70)

String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 10, G 47

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio. Allegro scherzando
III. Adagio molto
IV. Finale. Allegro moderato
Duration: 30 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1884 (age 18-19)
Published: 1894 (age 28-29)
From Edition Silvertrust

Alexander Glazunov "Glazunov’s Second String Quartet dates from 1887. The first movement, Allegro non troppo, has several attractive themes. An original sounding and dance-like Scherzo follows. It is dominated by its rhythm. The trio section appears based on a folk tune. The atmospheric and melancholy felt third movement, Adagio, is truly Slavic. The middle section is somewhat brighter in mood. The very effective finale, Allegro moderato, is full of good spirits. The main theme apparently based on a folk dance is first introduced by the viola. This quartet plays quite well."

Wilhelm Altmann writing in his Handbook for String Quartet Players.

Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) was born in St. Petersburg, the son of a wealthy book publisher. He began studying piano at the age of nine and started composing not long after. In 1879, he began studies with Rimsky- Korsakov. Glazunov’s progress was so fast that within two years, Korsakov considered Glazunov more of a junior colleague than a student. Between 1895 and 1914, Glazunov was, during his lifetime, widely regarded, both inside and out, as Russia’s greatest living composer. His works include symphonies, ballets, operas and seven string quartets in addition to various instrumental sonatas.

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