August 10, 1865: Alyeksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov is born in St. Petersburg, in the Russian Empire, the son of Konstantin Ilyich Glazunov, a book publisher and amateur violinist, and Yelena Pavlovna Gromova, a pianist.
November 13, 1882: String Quartet no.1 by Alyeksandr Glazunov (17) is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg.
May 26, 1884: Alyeksandr Glazunov (18) is in Weimar where Franz Liszt (72) has decided that his Symphony no.1 will be performed by the General German Music Union. The rehearsal this afternoon does not go well, although Liszt applauds every movement. The performance is much more successful. Liszt is very helpful to the young composer, offering suggestions to improve the work.
December 5, 1886: Today is the name day of Mitrofan Petrovich Belyayev for which a string quartet has been composed with the four movements by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (42), Alyeksandr Borodin (53), Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov and Alyeksandr Glazunov (21) respectively. Each movement is based on the theme B flat-A-F.
January 20, 1890: Rhapsodie orientale op.29 by Alyeksandr Glazunov (24) is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg conducted by the composer. It is not well received.
December 8, 1890: Symphony no.3 by Alyeksandr Glazunov (25) is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg. The work was created over the span of seven years.
November 2, 1893: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (53) sets out from his brother's home in St. Petersburg to visit Eduard Napravnik. He suffers an acute stomach attack in the cab and immediately returns. Through the day his condition grows worse. At about 17:00 he is visited by Alyeksandr Glazunov (28). In the evening he is seen by Dr. Lev Bertenson who diagnoses cholera, now present in the city.
July 13, 1894: Concert Waltz no.2 op.51 for orchestra by Alyeksandr Glazunov (28) is performed for the first time, at the Pavlovsky Station, St. Petersburg.
December 17, 1894: Alyeksandr Glazunov (29) conducts the premiere of his Scènes de Ballet op.52 for orchestra in the Hall of the Nobility, St. Petersburg.
February 17, 1896: Symphony no.5 by Alyeksandr Glazunov (30) is performed for the first time, in the Hall of the Nobility, St. Petersburg.
February 8, 1897: Alyeksandr Glazunov (31) conducts the premiere of his Symphony no.6 in the Hall of the Nobility, St. Petersburg.
March 27, 1897: Symphony no.1 by Sergey Rakhmaninov (23) is performed for the first time, in the Hall of the Nobility, St. Petersburg, conducted by Alyeksandr Glazunov (31). The work is a disaster, partly due to the performance, partly due to the music. Rakhmaninov can not force himself to enter the auditorium, hiding on the stairs to the balcony and pressing his fists to his ears, finally running out into the street. He will later blame the conductor. “…all my hopes, all belief in myself, had been destroyed; abject misery had taken the place of my former arrogance.” (Scott, 48)
January 19, 1898: Raymonda, a ballet by Alyeksandr Glazunov (32), is performed for the first time, in the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.
April 8, 1898: At a musical evening in the home of Mily Balakirev (61), the host and Sergey Mikhailovich Lyapunov play through a two-piano version of his “new” symphony to several invited guests, including Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (54), Vladimir Stassov, and Alyeksandr Glazunov (32). At the conclusion there is silence. Only with difficulty do the guests find anything positive to say, and Rimsky never does. See 23 April 1898.
February 21, 1900: The Seasons, a ballet by Alyeksandr Glazunov (34), is performed for the first time, at the Hermitage Theatre, St. Petersburg.
January 3, 1903: The Symphony no.7 and the tone poem From the Middle Ages by Alyeksandr Glazunov (37) are performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg, conducted by the composer.
March 4, 1905: The Violin Concerto in A by Alyeksandr Glazunov (39) is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg, the composer conducting.
April 9, 1905: After Alyeksandr Glazunov (39) conducts a student performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s (61) Kashchey, a political demonstration in favor of Rimsky-Korsakov breaks out. Thereafter, the police temporarily forbid the performance of his music.
December 14, 1905: Alyeksandr Glazunov (40) returns to St. Petersburg Conservatory after most of the demands of the professors are met.
December 18, 1905: Alyeksandr Glazunov (40) is elected to direct the St. Petersburg Conservatory. This comes as a result of the government’s concession to grant conservatories limited autonomy, including election of their directors. Glazunov’s first action is to ask Rimsky-Korsakov (61) back to the faculty.
March 11, 1906: The Russian Fantasy for balalaika ensemble by Alyeksandr Glazunov (40) is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg.
December 22, 1906: Alyeksandr Glazunov (41) conducts the premiere of his Symphony no.8 in St. Petersburg.
March 17, 1907: Prelude and Fugue op.93 for organ by Alyeksandr Glazunov (41) is performed for the first time, at St. Petersburg Conservatory.
May 29, 1907: A banquet is given by Jules Ecorcheville in Paris marking the end of the five “historic concerts” of Russian music. Present in the same room are Nikolai Rimsky-Korasakov (63), Gabriel Fauré (62), Vincent d’Indy (56), Alyeksandr Glazunov (41), Albert Roussel (38), Florent Schmitt (36), Maurice Ravel (32), Fyodor Chaliapin, and Sergey Diaghilev.
March 8, 1908: The overture Song of Destiny op.84 by Alyeksandr Glazunov (42) is performed for the first time, in the Great Hall of St. Petersburg Conservatory.
December 20, 1908: Introduction and Dance of Salomé op.90 by Alyeksandr Glazunov (43) is performed for the first time, for a production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome in the Great Hall of St. Petersburg Conservatory.
March 26, 1910: Finnish Fantasy op.88 for orchestra by Alyeksandr Glazunov (44) is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg.
February 14, 1912: Piano Concerto no.1 by Alyeksandr Glazunov (46) is performed for the first time, in the Hall of the Nobility, St. Petersburg.
December 16, 1912: Prelude Cantata by Alyeksandr Glazunov (47) celebrating the 50th anniversary of St. Petersburg Conservatory, is performed for the first time, by faculty and students at the Conservatory.
January 9, 1914: Incidental music to (Grand Duke Konstantin) Romanov’s play The King of the Jews by Alyeksandr Glazunov (48) is performed for the first time, in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
March 15, 1915: Paraphrases of the National Anthems of the Allied Nations, by Alyeksandr Glazunov (49) is performed for the first time, at one of the “patriotic concerts” at Petrograd Conservatory, directed by the composer.
January 29, 1916: A suite from Sergey Prokofiev’s (24) unperformed ballet Ala i Lolli, called the Scythian Suite op.20, is performed for the first time, in Petrograd, the composer conducting. One audience member, Alyeksandr Glazunov (50), finds the music so distasteful that he storms out of the hall. The composer remarks, “The price of rotten eggs has gone up in St. Petersburg.”
November 11, 1917: Piano Concerto no.2 by Alyeksandr Glazunov (52) is performed for the first time, at Petrograd Conservatory, the composer conducting.
March 9, 1918: By a directive of Commissar of Public Education Anatoly Lunacharsky, Alyeksandr Glazunov (52) is saved from having his apartment confiscated by the government.
September 6, 1922: On the 40th anniversary of his career as a composer, Alyeksandr Glazunov (57) is named People’s Artist of the Republic.
December 19, 1922: Urged on by Lenin to encourage electrification and modernization, Lev Sergeyevich Termen (Leon Theremin) (26) begins a tour with his Etherphone with a one-man show in the Grand Hall of the Petrograd Philharmonic Society. There is a light show and various other new instruments. Among the audience are Alyeksandr Glazunov (57) and Dmitri Shostakovich (16).
May 6, 1925: Symphony no.1 by Dmitri Shostakovich (18) is performed for the first time, in a two-piano version, by the composer and a friend before the Leningrad Conservatory composition faculty and students as a final examination for the composition course. Alyeksandr Glazunov (59) is not fond of two movements, but generally the work is well received. See 7 February 1926 and 12 May 1926.
June 15, 1928: Alyeksandr Glazunov (62) leaves Leningrad for Vienna as a delegate to the Schubert centennial. He will shortly take up residence in Boulogne-sur-Seine, near Paris, and never return to his native land.
December 3, 1929: On his first visit to the United States, Alyeksandr Glazunov (64) conducts his own works at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.
December 14, 1929: After a performance of Rhapsody in Blue by the New York Philharmonic, the composer at the piano, Alyeksandr Glazunov (64) goes backstage and is introduced to Gershwin (31). Gershwin expresses the desire to travel to Russia and study orchestration with Glazunov. The Russian declines.
October 14, 1933: Concerto Ballata for cello and orchestra by Alyeksandr Glazunov (68) is performed for the first time, in Paris the composer conducting.
December 10, 1933: Saxophone Quartet op.109 by Alyeksandr Glazunov (68) is performed for the first time, at the Russian Conservatory, Paris.
November 26, 1934: Saxophone Concerto by Alyeksandr Glazunov (69) is performed for the first time, in Nyköping, Sweden.
March 21, 1936: Alyeksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov dies in Paris, Republic of France, of uremic poisoning, aged 70 years, seven months, and eleven days. His mortal remains will be buried in the Cimetière de Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. See 13 November 1972.
October 14, 1972: The earthly remains of Alyeksandr Glazunov (†36) are transported from Paris to reinterrment in Leningrad.