Glazunov, Alexander


Glazunov, Alexander

Introduction et la danse de Salomée for orchestra

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Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov – Introduction et la Danse de Salomé Op. 90

(b. 10 St Petersburg, August 1865 – d. Neuilly-sur-Seine, 21 March 1936)

Original Work Title: Introduction et La Danse de Salomée, d’après le Drame Salomée de Oscar Wilde
Instrumentation: 3[1.2.3/pic], 2,2,3[2/3/cbn],4,2,3,1, Arpa, Timp-Triangolo-Piatti-Cassa, Strings
Premiere performance: 20 December 1908, Mikhailovsky Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia
First published: 1912, M. Belaieff, Leipzig

A Grand Russian Traditionalist Meets the World of Inoy Svet

The great Russian Nationalist composer Alexander Glazunov’s incidental music for the stage occupies a comparatively small output–five compositions–within his vast oeuvre. The Introduction and Danse of Salomé (1908)–sandwiched chronologically between his three 19th-century ballets (Raymonda, 1896-7), Les Ruses d’amour (1898), The Seasons (1899), and his incidental music for Grand Duke Konstantin Romanov’s King of the Jews and Lermontov’s Masquerade (both 1913), represented a unique collaborative achievement with an interdisciplinary group of St. Petersburg-based theatre avant-gardists, assembled and led by the provocative dancer/producer Ida Rubinstein ([21 September/5 October, 1883]1–20 September 1960). Rubinstein was an heiress extremely well-educated in both artistic practice and intellectual endeavor/research. Her considerable wealth afforded her numerous stage vehicles for her talents in which she was the featured centerpiece–as guided by notable creative mentors with a creditable aesthetic track history (whom, by the way, she paid quite well) (Varvir Coe, 188). Eyeing Oscar Wilde’s [16 October, 1854 –30 November 1900] 1891 play Salomé as a potential showcase, the intrepid Rubinstein chose a star-studded lineup of practitioners–choreographer Mikhail Fokine, ([23 April/11 April 1880] – 22 August 1942); set/costume designer Léon Bakst ([27 January/8 February 1866]– 28 December 1924); stage director Vsevolod Meyerhold ([9 February/28 January 1874] – 2 February 1940); and composer Glazunov–to assist in making her dream a reality. …


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