Glazunov, Alexander. (1865–1936)
Signed Photograph with Autograph Musical Quotation of the Violin Concerto
Sepia matte-finish portrait photograph of the Russian composer in a seated pose, signed and inscribed "A Monsieur Szysznowski / Alexander Glazunov, Le 20 Avril 1917" below a prominent AMQS of his Violin Concerto in A minor with the tempo marking "Allegro moderato, dolce ed espress." Small crease to the upper right corner tip, else fine. 6.75 x 9.25 inches (17.1 x 23.5 cm.).
A student of Rimsky-Korsakov, the first of Glazunov's nine symphonies premiered when Glazunov was only 16 years old, and due in part to the advocacy of Franz Liszt, his work soon became well known in Russia and abroad. The Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82, is one of his most popular compositions. Written in 1904, the concerto was dedicated to violinist Leopold Auer, who gave the first performance at a Russian Musical Society concert in St. Petersburg on 15 February 1905.
Since 1899, Glazunov had been professor at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and in the wake of the 1905 Russian Revolution and firing, then re-hiring of Rimsky-Korsakov that year, Glazunov became its director. He remained so until the revolutionary events of 1917, which culminated on 7 November. The present inscription was penned just a few days after the announcement of 17 April, 1917 of the 'April Theses,' the series of ten directives issued by the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin upon his return to Petrograd from his exile in Switzerland via Germany and Finland, and one of the key moments of the Russian Revolution.