Saturday, March 25, 2006

War of the Romantics Part X: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908)

Unlike many of our previous Romantic Composers, Rimsky-Korsakov did not begin composing immediatly. Although he did you considerable musical genuis in his early ages, he was shipped by his aristocratic parents to a Navy school in Saint Petersburg before eventually joining the Russian Navy. In his twenties he met a man named Mily Balakirev, who encouraged Nikolai to compose. Thus began the career of a great composer.

I have to be honest and say that I do not know much else about Rimsky Korsakov, only that I've had the privilage of playing two of his most famous works, Capricco Espanol and Russian Easter Festival Overture. Both pieces are fun to play and fun to listen to, Capriccio Espanol especially. His other really famous piece, the symphonic suite Scheherazade, is a piece that I do not know personally, but sounds nice from what I've heard so far.

Just as a side note ,Rimsky-Korsakov taught many composers who would later become famous, including Alexander Glazunov, Sergei Prokofiev, and Igor Stravinsky. Expect to see music from these composers very soon.

Happy Listening Everyone:

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol, and Russian Easter Festival Overture

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At May 06, 2006, Anonymous Derek said...

My first exposure to Rimsky, thanks to you, was really great! If possible, would you be willing to reupload the first track, Op. 35-1, Sinbad's Ship? There's some crazy skipping in the beginning.

Thanks so much. You blog is the best!

At June 30, 2006, Anonymous Oscar said...

I would like to give two very nice examples of Rimsky-Korsakov. One of them is the opera Mlada and especially the Procession Of The Nobles. It's a march like piece with a nice brass-sound.
The other piece is the Song Of The Indian Guest from the opera Sadko.
These fairly unknown pieces are underestimated.


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