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†††††††††† ALEXANDRE GLAZUNOV - COMPOSER
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One page autographed letter signed by the Russian composer to Colonel Vladimir Teliakovsky, the Director of the Imperial Theatres, January 14, 1910.† The letter is written on Director of the St. Petersburg Conservatory stationary and bears several stamps, The Director of the Imperial Theatre date stamped, March 26, 1910.† Teliakovsky has also written a note and initialed in red crayon.† We offer with a vintage postcard portrait of Glazunov suitable for framing with the letter.

Glazunov writes:

This letter will confirm that the student of St. Petersburg Conservatory Myron Isaakovich Jacobson is a brilliant pianist and excellent musician.† He worked during the last years in private opera as a coach and his work was greatly appreciated.

I highly recommend with great pleasure Mr. Jacobson as one of the best accompanists in our conservatory.

A Glazunov

Glazunov (1865-1936) in 1910 was in his 5th year as Director of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.† At the time the most powerful musician in Russia.† Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov who was the Director of the Moscow Conservatory at the time did not have the power wielded by Glazunov.† Here the composer writes to Colonel Vladimir Teliakovsky (1860-1924) who was appointed Director of the Imperial Theatres in 1901.† Teliakovsky was a retired household cavalry officer who Nicholas II found useful and first made him Director of the Bolshoi without any experience and then he followed Serge Volkonsky who had a rocky, but important tenure at Director of the Imperial Theatres.† Teliakovsky made enemies almost immediately and moved quickly to end the career of Marius Petitpa for one.† It is interesting to see how the bureaucracy move slowly in Russia, as Glazunov wrote the letter in January, Teliakovsky reviews and writes on the letter in March and there is a further stamp in April and then a file note dated in April.†

Myron Jacobson (1883-1934) was a Russian pianist born in the Crimea.† He trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with among other Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.† He was among other things the musical advisor the Moscow Art Theatre.† He left Russia in 1917 at the time of the Revolution and went to Paris where he established himself as a composer of art songs and would run musical salons.† In 1924 he came to America and married Swiss pianist Berthe Poncy.† They moved to Seattle where he joined the faculty of the Cornish School of Music, which still operates today.† Jacobson would concertize with his wife up and down the West Coast.† In addition to teaching piano, Jacobson developed singers and helped start opera in Seattle.† Jacobson had two important friends, Prince Yusopov who killed Rasputin and Vladimir Horowitz.† We read an account of a raucous evening in Seattle in Jacobsonís home where the pianist threw a party for Vladimir Horowitz who was in town and the party became so out-of-control the police were called.

An interesting Glazunov recommendation letter, countersigned by the important Director of the Imperial Theatre.