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(1865-1936). Russian composer.  He was introduced to Rimsky-Korsakov at age 15, and became his composition student.  By age 18 Glazunov produced his 1st Symphony to great acclaim. A stream of works followed in nearly every genre except opera. Glazunov met Liszt early on in his creative career, and the encounter left its mark.  In Glazunov's music the romantic and rhapsodic influences of Liszt are combined with Glazunov's gift for infusing multiple themes with elegant melodies.

His compositions continued to garner success from audiences and fellow composers.  After tours abroad during the 1890's to conduct his symphonies in Paris and London, he was soon elected head of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1905, a position he held for 23 years until his decision to leave the Soviet Union in 1928.

During his tenure at the conservatory, he conducted often, and perhaps most notoriously, the premiere of Rachmaninov's 1st Symphony, which was such a disaster that Rachmaninov suffered something of a nervous breakdown.  Other notable students at the conservatory during Glazunov's reign included Prokofiev and Shostakovich who, while considering Glazunov's musical style rather dated, acknowledged his steadying leadership during turbulent times of political strife and revolution.

Glazunov composed 8 Symphonies, a Concerto for Violin, the Concerto for Saxophone (one of the first truly successful concertos for the instrument), the one-act ballet "The Seasons", and the full length ballet "Raymonda", which is his masterpiece.

In addition to his own compositions, Glazunov aided Rimsky-Korsakov in his efforts to complete several unfinished works by Borodin, especially the opera "Prince Igor".
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