Alexander Glazunov: Symphony No. 1 in E “Slavyanskaya”
Imagine this: beginning composition lessons with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov when you’re 14… writing your first symphony at the age of 15… and watching that symphony be premiered, conducted by Mily Balakirev, when you’re 16. Well, this all actually happened for Alexander Glazunov. Not only is Glazunov’s Symphony No. 1 amazing because a schoolboy wrote it, but also because with it, Glazunov united the nationalist symphonic music of Russia with that of the more cosmopolitan symphonic music.