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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:
Composer Teachers and their Students

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov spent years as a professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Many of his students became famous composers themselves: Anatol Liadov, Alexander Glazunov, and Igor Stravinsky. A lot of famous composers studied with each other.

Music heard in this episode:
Liadov: Polonaise
Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Stravinsky: Petrouchka
Respighi: Pines of Rome
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #4
Leopold Mozart: Trumpet Concerto
Haydn: Symphony #44
Mozart: Symphony #25
Hummel: Piano Sonata #4
Beethoven: Symphony #1
Salieri: La Veneziana Symphony
Schubert: Symphony #4
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto #1
Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Other shows about Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:
About Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Russian Operas
The Bees and the Birds

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About Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
3/18/1844 - 6/21/1908
Born in Russia

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was born in the Russian town of Tikhvin. During his childhood, Nikolai enjoyed listening to Russian folk songs, church music, and opera.

When he was older, Nikolai followed his brother to the naval college in St. Petersburg. While he was there, he also studied music. Rimsky-Korsakov composed his first symphony while on a navy ship.

After he left the navy, Rimsky-Korsakov was asked to teach at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, which is now called named for him. Rimsky-Korsakov was also one of a group of five famous Russian composers known as "The Mighty Handful" (as in five fingers).

Rimsky-Korsakov wrote operas, choral music, chamber music, and works for piano. One of his most famous pieces is the Flight of the Bumblebee, from the opera Tsar Saltan. In the opera, this music is played when a prince disguises himself as bee.

See other composers born in Russia


This Week's Quiz:

1. Who studied with Rimsky-Korsakov?

Piotr Tchaikovsky

Alexander Glazunov

Sergei Prokofiev

Modest Mussorgsky

2.Who learned to compose from his father?

Ludwig van Beethoven

Aaron Copland

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Claude Debussy

Franz Liszt

3. Who learned to write film music from Castelnuovo-Tedesco?

Aaron Copland

Leonard Bernstein

Sergie Prokofiev

John Williams

Bernard Herrmann


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Flight of the Bumblebee

Composed in 1899
Performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Bramall, conductor

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