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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:
About Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov became a navy officer in order to follow in his older brotherís footsteps. But his real talent lay in music. After leaving the navy, he became a teacher at the St. Petersburg Conservatory -- even though he had little formal music education himself.

Music heard in this episode:
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphony #1 - Chant du Monde
Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden - Dance of the Tumblers
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
Rimsky-Korsakov: Schherazade
Rimsky-Korsakov: Mozart and Salieri
Rimsky-Korsakov: Tsarís Bride - Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee

Other shows about Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:
The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Russian Operas
The Bees and the Birds
Composer Teachers and their Students

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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.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. Rimsky-Korsakov was born in what country?





2.What was the name of Rimsky-Korsakov's musical group of friends?

The Mighty Mice

Five Strong Men

The Mighty Five

The Composers Circle

3. Rimsky-Korsakov became a very good music teacher.




Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Flight of the Bumblebee

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

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