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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai (1844-1908), was a celebrated Russian composer and music teacher. His symphonicsuiteScheherazade (1888) ranks as one of the most popular orchestral works ever written.

Rimsky-Korsakov became famous for his imaginative blend of orchestral sounds. Examples include Capriccio Espagnol(1887)and the Russian Easter Overture (1888). Rimsky-Korsakov based many of his 15 operas on Russian history and folklore.Onlyone of them, Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel, completed in 1907), won international fame. But his operas The SnowMaiden(1882), Sadko (1898), and Tsa ...read more

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai (1844-1908), was a celebrated Russian composer and music teacher. His symphonicsuiteScheherazade (1888) ranks as one of the most popular orchestral works ever written.

Rimsky-Korsakov became famous for his imaginative blend of orchestral sounds. Examples include Capriccio Espagnol(1887)and the Russian Easter Overture (1888). Rimsky-Korsakov based many of his 15 operas on Russian history and folklore.Onlyone of them, Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel, completed in 1907), won international fame. But his operas The SnowMaiden(1882), Sadko (1898), and Tsar Saltan (1900) are popular in the Soviet Union. Two of his most famous pieces comefrom hisoperas "Song of India" from Sadko and "The Flight of the Bumblebee" from Tsar Saltan.

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was born in Tikhvin, near Novgorod. From 1856 to 1862,he attended the NavalAcademyin St. Petersburg. In 1861, Rimsky-Korsakov met the composer Mily Balakirev and joined a group of young composerswholater became known as The Five. This group, led by Balakirev, urged Russian composers to stress their national heritageintheir music.

In 1862, Rimsky-Korsakov sailed on a three-year naval cruise, during which he visited the United States. He completed hisfirstsymphony aboard ship. After returning to St. Petersburg in 1865, he revised the symphony under Balakirev's supervision.Ithad its first performance that same year.

In 1871, Rimsky-Korsakov left the navy and joined the faculty of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He realized that heknewalmost no music theory, and so he taught himself counterpoint, harmony, and music form. He became one of theworld'sgreatest music theorists. He taught several students who achieved fame as composers, including Sergei Prokofiev andIgorStravinsky.

Rimsky-Korsakov also edited and revised compositions that his friends Alexander Borodin and ModestMussorgsky hadleftunfinished when they died. Orchestras and opera companies usually perform Rimsky- Korsakov's version of Mussorgsky'soperaBoris Godunov. Borodin's opera Prince Igor is usually performed in the version completed by Rimsky. Korsakov and theRussiancomposer Alexander Glazunov.

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Scheherazade
1888

4.4
13 Votes
Symphony No.3, Op.32
1886

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1 Votes
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1868

4.5
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1865

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