Ilya Glazunov was born in 1930 to a well-educated Leningrad family. His father was a respected historian from an aristocratic family that had survived the revolution. During the siege of Leningrad by Hitler's armies from 1941 to 1944, his parents both died of starvation. Ilya was evacuated to a remote village near Novgorod where he lived for three years like a peasant, digging potatoes. He managed to escape, and he was back in Leningrad in 1951 when he gained admission to the prestigious Repin Art Institute, where special attention was paid to acquisition of sound artist techniques. He refused to adopt the official Social Realism style favored by the regime and for fourteen years he was pre
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