About Umberto Giordano:
OPERA: Marina; Mala Vita; Regina Diaz; Andrea Chénier; Fedora; Siberia; Marcella; Mese Mariano; Madame Sans-Gêne; Cena delle Beffe; Giove a Pompei (with Franchetti); Glauco (with Franchetti) ; Il Re.
Important recordings of music by Umberto Giordano:
Musical Advance 13:1March 1926; Musical America 7:19. March 21, 1908; Musical Standard 27:25; January 12, 1907.
|VICTOR: From Andrea Chénier: "Come un bel di di Maggio" ( Caruso); "Coro Pastorelle," Nemico della Patria?" "Nostra Morte," "Un di all'Azzurro Spazio" (Tokatyan); "Vincino Ate"; From Cena delle Beffe: "Ahi che tormento." "Mi Svesti" (Cortis) ; From Fedora: "Amor ti Vieta di non Amar," "Mia Madre la mia Vecchia Madre" (Martinelli).|
|COLUMBIA: From Fedora: "Amor ti Vieta" ( Hackett).|
ALEXANDER CONSTANTINO- VICH GLAZUNOV was born in St. Petersburg on August 10, 1865. His father was a publisher and a bookseller and from him the young boy inherited his life-long love for literature. As a matter of fact, a taste for music was comparatively late in developing within him. As a child, Alexander exhibited a preference for pictures; and then a love for reading replaced his taste for art. It was his mother--a cultured musician and pianist--who finally awakened in the boy a deep appreciation for music. And once having been awakened, it soon supplanted all other interests and diversions.
At the age of nine, Alexander began to take pianoforte and theory lessons with Elenovsky, and long before he was thirteen he was already composing with a prolific and indefatigable pen. 1879, however, was a turning point in the boy's musical career. In that year, young Glazunov met Balakirev, the composer, who was so impressed with the boy's talent that he nicknamed him "Little Glinka" and recommended him to study privately under Rimsky-Korsakoff. "He was a charming boy," Rimsky-Korsakoff wrote in his autobiography in later years "with beautiful eyes, who played the piano very clumsily. . . . Elementary theory and solfeggio proved unnecessary for him, as he had a superior ear. . . . After a few lessons in harmony, I took him directly into counterpoint to which he applied himself zealously. . . . His musical progress developed not by the day but literally by the hour." For a year and a half, Glazunov, studied under the great teacher, growing and developing during this period until Rimsky-Korsakoff told the boy that, notwithstanding his, he was fully equipped both technically and artistically to compose in all seriousness. This was all the encouragement that Glazunov needed and, shortly thereafter, he composed his First Symphony, which was given a performance at a Balakirev concert in 1882. The audience was so enthusiastic at the inherent loftiness and the high conception of this symphonic work that it expressed its appreciation____________________