Famous Russian composers

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Born on May 7, 1840. Took his first piano lesson when he was 5. Performed publicly for the first time in 1865 at a Pavlovsk concert. Resigned from the Moscow Conservatory to focus on composing.
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The Nutcracker (1892)
Sergei Prokofiev
Was born on April 23, 1891. His mother encouraged him to learn to play the piano and compose. Studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Performed for the first time in Rome. He settled in Paris and returned to Russia to continue composing.
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Dance of the Knights (1935)
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Born on March 20, 1873, in a musical family. Took piano lessons at the Conservatory in St. Petersburg. His first premiere happened in 1897 in Moscow and was a total disaster because the conductor was drunk.
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Prelude in C sharp minor (1891)
Mikhail Glinka
Was born on May 21, 1804. Became interested in music at the age of 11 and studied at the Chief Pedagogic Institute at St. Petersburg. Lived in Italy and returned to Russia because of the death of his son.
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Ruslan and Lyudmila, Overture (1842)
Dmitri Shostakovich
The famous composer was born on September 12, 1906. He composed under the pressures of the Soviet standards and is known for the 15 symphonies he wrote.
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Symphony No. 1 (1924 - 1925)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Born on March 18, 1844. Become interested in music because of his family. Started learning to play the piano at the age of 15. Was a sailor and visited the coast of America, Italy, Spain, Norway and England.
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The Flight of the Bumblebee (1899 - 1900)
Aram Khachaturian
Was born on June 6, 1903. Graduated the Moscow Conservatory and became one of the most famous composers during the Soviet times.
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Sabre Dance (1942)
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Born on March 9, 1839. Took first piano lessons from his mother. Followed a military career but later, worked for the Ministry of Communications and decided to devote his life to music.
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Night on Bald Mountain (1867)
Igor Stravinsky
Born on June 17, 1882. His mother - a great pianist and his father - a singer, did not want their son to be a musician and encouraged him to study law. Became the pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov and pursued a career in music.
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The Rite of Spring (1913)
Mily Balakirev
Was born on December 21, 1836. He took his first lessons from his mother. Began composing at 15, studied mathematics and continued his musical career. Was a Russian nationalist.
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Islamey: Oriental Fantasy (1869)
Alexander Glazunov
Born in a wealthy family on July 29, 1865, became the pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov, composed his first symphony at the age of 16 and continued pursuing a musical career.
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Symphony No. 3 (1890)
Dmity Borisovich Kabalevsky
Was born on December 17, 1904. Studied at the Scriabin Music School and at the Moscow Conservatory. Wrote his first works at the age of 18, won many awards and had tours in Europe.
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Concerto No. 2 (1935)

Russian classical composers

Some of the greatest musical masterpieces in the world were created by Russian composers. People who are passionate about music should definitely educate themselves in music history and learn to differentiate classical masterpieces. Classical music is beneficial in many ways, it reduces stress and improves intelligence. The pure Russian music was promoted by a group of Russian composers, called The Five: Mussorgsky, Borodin, Cesar Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov and Balakirev. These famous Russian composers were inspired by the history of Russia and the traditional music. The 1800s were the age when the greatest masterpieces of Russian music appeared. Learn more about their authors and their biography, listen to their greatest works and remember them forever with the use of our flashcards!

Greatest Russian composers

The lesson includes a list of composers that are most famous in Russian music. A Russian classical composer was Sergei Rachmaninoff, the author of sultry and dark piano music. Another Russian piano composer you should know is Sergei Prokofiev. He is the author of innovative musical pieces and beautiful ballets, such as Romeo and Juliet. Among the greatest Russian composers, an important one is Mikhail Glinka, who dedicated his entire life to writing music. His most known piece is Ruslan and Ludmila. Learn about more Russian classical composers, such as Alexander Glazunov, Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky. Listen to the famous works of Russian composers. Discover the authors of the Nutcracker and the Night on Bald Mountain. Master the flashcards and impress your friends and family with interesting facts about the greatest Russian composers. If you are curious to learn more about Russian culture, take a look at our Fun facts about Russia lesson and discover interesting facts about Russian history and life in Russia. Learning becomes easy and interesting with VocApp! What are you waiting for?

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