Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay (Andreyevich)


Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay (Andreyevich)

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(born March 18, 1844, Tikhvin, near Novgorod, Russia—died June 21, 1908, Lyubensk) Russian composer. While at St. Petersburg's College of Naval Cadets, he met other composers; Mily Balakirev took a special interest in him, and from 1867 he was included among the group of nationalist composers known as The Five. Returning from his first cruise as a midshipman in 1865, he completed his first symphony. In 1873 he left the naval service and assumed charge of military bands as inspector and conductor. As the de facto editor and head of an enterprise dedicated to publishing music by Russian composers, he edited several posthumous works of Aleksandr Borodin and Modest Mussorgsky. He wrote many colourful operas, much loved in Russia, including Sadko (1896), Mozart and Salieri (1897), The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (1905), and Le Coq d'or (1908); the subjects of most of these are from Russian or Slavic fairy tales, literature, and history. Other works include the suite Scheherazade (1888) and the Russian Easter Festival overture. All his works are distinguished by brilliant orchestration. His many students included Aleksandr Glazunov, Sergey Prokofiev, and Igor Stravinsky.

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