Glinka — M. Balakirev
Edited by Milda Agazarian
HarpMasters Edition, 2011
The tradition of performing celebrated piano pieces on the harp was established by the great Russian harpist and pedagogue Alexander Slepushkin. Unfortunately, his transcriptions were not written down or published, so they were handed down by his students.
Over the years, the piece was performed in numerous versions. Most well-known is the transcription by Xenia Erdeli, which differs from the original and is much easier. This reduction relates to the original performing tradition in the class of Vera Dulova, which she took over from her teacher Maria Korchinskaya, who in turn was a student of Alexander Slepushkin.
In this version, which is published for the first time, almost all the text is original, except for a few minor adaptations in the cadenzas.