Alexander Glazunov was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. From his young age, it was obvious that owing to his excellent ear and impressive musical memory, Glazunov had great musical talent. He started composing at age 11, and was trained as a private student by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, with Rimsky- Korsakov commenting that his ‘development progressed not by the day, but literally by the hour’. In 1884, while on a visit to Weimer with a rich wooden dealer and amateur musician, Mitrofan Belyayev, Glazunov's First Symphony was performed.
Glazunov's most popular works nowadays are his ballets The Seasons and Raymonda, some of his later symphonies, particularly the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth, the Polonaise from Les Sylphides, and his two Concert Waltzes. His Violin Concerto, which was a favorite vehicle for Jascha Heifetz, is still sometimes played and recorded. His last work, the Saxophone Concerto (1934), showed his ability to adapt to Western fashions in music at that time
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