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Nikolai Andreievich Rimsky-Korsakov

(1844—1908) Russian composer

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Alexander Borodin

Alexander Borodin  

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(b St Petersburg, 1833; d St Petersburg, 1887).Russ. composer, one of the group known as ‘The Five’. Illegitimate son of Russ. prince. Showed childhood talent for mus. and science, composing pf. ...
ballet and fairy tales

ballet and fairy tales  

The traditional association of classical ballet with the fairy tale is based not merely on the fame of such ballets as Swan Lake, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty, but on ...
Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky  

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(b Oranienbaum, 1882; d NY, 1971).Russ.‐born composer, conductor, pianist, and writer (Fr. cit. 1934, Amer. cit. 1945). Son of Fyodor Stravinsky. Went to St Petersburg Univ. 1901 to study law but ...
Ivan Bilibin

Ivan Bilibin  

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 (1876–1942) Russian graphic artist, painter, and theatre designer.He studied at the Academy in St Petersburg under Repin, joined and then exhibited with the World of Art movement (1900–1917). His ...
Legend of Tsar Saltan

Legend of Tsar Saltan  

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Opera in prol. and 4 acts by Rimsky‐Korsakov to lib. by Belsky after Pushkin's poem (1832). Comp. 1899–1900. Prod. Moscow 1900, London 1933, NY 1937. One of orch. interludes is Flight of the Bumble ...
Maid of Pskov

Maid of Pskov  

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Opera in prologue and 3 acts by Rimsky‐Korsakov to his own lib. after play by Mey (1860). Comp. 1868–72. Prod. St Petersburg 1873; Moscow 1898, rev. version 1876–7, 3rd version 1891–2, prod. St ...
Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Mussorgsky  

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(b Karevo, Pskov, 1839; d St Petersburg, 1881).Russ. composer. Showed mus. talent as a child but was destined for an army career. In 1857 he met Balakirev in St Petersburg and studied with him, ...
opéra féerie

opéra féerie  

(Fr., ‘fairy opera’).A type of opera or opéra-ballet popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries with a plot drawn from fairy tales or making extensive use of the ...
Ottorino Respighi

Ottorino Respighi  

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(b Bologna, 1879; d Rome, 1936).It. composer, conductor, string‐player, pianist, and teacher. Went to St Petersburg 1900 as first va. in opera orch. and from 1901 studied with Rimsky‐Korsakov, then ...
Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Tchaikovsky  

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(b Votkinsk, 1840; d St Petersburg, 1893).Russ. composer and conductor. Studied law in St Petersburg. Worked as civil servant and studied 1863–5 at mus. coll. instituted by A. Rubinstein which became ...
Russian Five

Russian Five  

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Group of Russian composers, active in St Petersburg during the 1860s and 1870s, who hoped to create a truly Russian style of music. They were Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest ...
Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev  

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(1891–1953)Soviet composer and pianist. His earlier works express his mocking sense of humour, often underlined by dissonance, while his later works, composed after his return to the Soviet Union, ...

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