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The movie The Blues Brothers featured many popular songs. One of them was by Martha and the Vandella, but the Mamas & the Papas (mentioned below) sang it as their last song at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. The song tells us:
Callin' out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer's here and the time is right
For . . .
Can You Guess what the time is right for?
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|Alexander Glazunov was born July 29, 1865 in Russia. His mother was an amateur pianist, his father a successful bookseller and publisher who was also a violinist. Glazunov studied compositon with his mother's teacher, Rimsky-Korsakov, who said his favorite pupil improved "not from day to day but from hour to hour."|
|1646 - Johann Theile, German contrapuntalist composer, was born in Nuremburg.
1856 - Robert Schumann, German composer, died.
1879 - First performance of Antonin DvorŠk's String Quartet in E flat, Op. 51.
1959 - The Isley Brothers record Shout was released.
1962 - Premiere of Gene GutchŽ's Symphony No. 5 for Strings, in Chautauqua, N.Y.
1963 - Peter, Paul and Mary's Blowin' In The Wind was released.
1965 - The Beatles film Help! opened.
1966 - Martina McBride, country singer was born.
1974 - Mama Cass Elliot, of The Mama's & the Papa's, died in London.
1992 - William James Mathias, Welsh composer, died.
|Glazunov wrote his first symphony when he was just 16. Rimsky-Korsakov saw to it that the piece was performed. He said the audience "was astounded when the composer came forwards in his high school uniform to acknowledge their applause."
At Rimsky-Korsakov's invitation, a wealthy timber merchant named Belayev attended the performance. He was so impressed with the work that he traveled to Moscow to hear it a second time. Belayev and Glazunov became friends. Belayev formed a music-publishing house, and decided to sponsor the Russian Symphony Concerts to bring the young Russian composers to the attention of the public. In this way Glazunov came into contact with such composers as Borodin, Lyadov and Scriabin.
Glazunov's Second Symphony and a tone poem, Stenka Razin, were immediately successful, both with the public and critics
In 1899 Glazunov was appointed professor at the St Petersburg Conservatory. A musical conservative, he walked out of a performance of an early work by his student, Sergei Prokofiev. Although he disliked Prokofiev's discords, he was responsible for arranging a performance of Prokofiev's original First Symphony, which was later destroyed. He also encouraged Shostakovich.
Glazunov was not just a composer. Besides playing the piano masterfully, he played the violin, cello and several woodwind instruments.
He wrote chamber music, 8 symphonies (he deliberately left a ninth symphony unfinished for superstitious reasons), many choral and orchestral works, a Violin Concerto, 2 piano concertos and much more. Much of his work reflected Russian nationalism and culture, and he used Russian folk music in his compositions several times. When Borodin died Glazunov assisted Rimsky-Korsakov in completing the opera Prince Igor. Later in his life Glazunov encountered, and became infatuated with, jazz.
Alexander Glazunov composed little in his last years, and died March 21, 1936 in Paris.