Principal Russian Composers

As a daughter of classical musicians, I would love to share with you which are the five most famous Russian classical composers, and a few of their works. You will surely recognize some of them :wink:

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Composer, teacher and editor. He made a lot of Russian nationalist compositions, using Russian folk songs in his pieces. His best-known compositions are Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture and the symphonic suite Scheherazade.
    :honeybee: Rimsky Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee - YouTube

  • Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
    Piano virtuoso and great figure of the Russian Romanticism. Especially known for his piano concerti and a piece for piano and orchestra called “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”.
    :heart_eyes: Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor, Op. 18 - HD - YouTube

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    The most popular Russian composer. His personal style was unmistakably Russian, although distinguished from the movement of Rimsky-Korsakov. His most popular compositions include music for the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker.
    :blossom: Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers - YouTube

  • Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Russian composer, pianist and conductor that later worked in the Soviet Union. One of the major composers of the 20th century. Classical, innovative, motorical and lyrical. Some of his widely heard pieces are the ballet Romeo and Juliet, Peter and the Wolf, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the violin concerti and his symphonies.
    :heart: Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, No 13 Dance of the Knights (Valery Gergiev, LSO) - YouTube
    (I personally ADORE this)

  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Soviet-era Russian composer and pianist. Also one of the major composers of the 20th century. Poly-stylist, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his music, he defined the nature of new Russian music. He made 15 symphonies, numerous chamber works and concerti, three operas and a substantial quantity of film music.
    :notes: Dmitri Shostakovich : Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op.60 "Leningrad" 1080 - YouTube

These are just five of the great number of Russian composers: Borodin, Stravinsky, Glazunov, Glinka, Mussorgsky… It’s a whole world!

You are all invited to share which are the composers that most represent the classical music of your country :notes: :two_hearts:

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