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Price: $1000.00

MINT CONDITION

Rare autographed youthful postcard photograph of the great Russian composer, To Alexander Teleshov for a good memory, Kiev, April 20, 1916. There is a musical quotation on the verso, the opening 5 bars of his 2nd Symphony in C Minor, composed in 1907. He has additionally autographed again on the verso.

 

In 1916, Gliere (1875-1956) was in his second year as the Director of the Kiev Conservatory, the premiere music school in his hometown. The Conservatory was his alma mater and where he graduated in 1894 before attending the Moscow Conservatory.  Today the school bears his name.  Gliere left the directorship for an appointment as a Composition Professor at the Moscow Conservatory in 1920.  He was also made Chief of the Music Division of the Moscow Branch of Public Education.

 

The 2nd Symphony is a fabulous Romantic work from start to finish.  His classmate Serge Koussevitzky conducted the World Premiere on January 23, 1908 with the Berlin Philharmonic which had been rented for the occasion by his wife and his very first concert as a conductor!  The symphony is an important work in four movements which can only be described as “epic”.  It starts with a brass fanfare that can only be described as galloping horses with the movement sound coming from a string continuo in the bass registers and percussion.  The final movement is almost balletic in nature, with dancing violins combined with a similar underlying theme from the bass registered strings and percussion, with flares of woodwinds and brass.  Tchaikovsky plays a big role in his early works. 

 

REINHOLD GLIERE -  COMPOSER
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