for: Symphonic orchestra
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Glazunov began to compose this work at the age of fifteen. His diary records: I composed and orchestrated the slow movement of Symphony no. 1 (Andante) in the summer of 1881 . . . The score of the symphony was completed by the autumn. It was first performed in St Petersburg on 29 March 1882. Although the composer was still a schoolboy, his symphony was the work of fully-fledged musician with great technical expertise. (César Cui). Mily Balakirev once said to Tchaikovsky: Apart from Mendelssohn, no one got off to such a good start as Glazunov. In 1932, when the composer looked at his symphony fifty years after the first performance, he remarked: Not a single note needs to be changed.