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Three years later Glinka added a slow movement during a visit to Moscow where he stayed with his old school friend Nikolai Melgunov (who not only introduced Glinka to Pushkin, but also did much to influence Glinka’s approach in composing his landmark opera A Life for the Tsar). The Larghetto harks back to Mozart in its noble classical character (all the more evident when played by clarinet) with just a touch of melancholy equally characteristic of the Viennese composer. Glinka, who was well pleased with this slow movement, had intended to add a rondo-finale based on a popular Russian folk song, Ladushka; this was never fulfilled and Glinka eventually used the folk song in “Children’s Polka”, a short piano piece composed in 1854.
from notes by Daniel Jaffé © 2014