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Mikhail Glinka

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
One of the first Russian composers to gain international recognition. He also had considerable influence on the ‘Nationalist’ school of Russian music (the Group of Five). Indeed, Glinka’s magnum opus ‘Life for the Tsar’ is the story of a brave peasant, Ivan Susanin, who fights against Polish militias occupying Russia in the 17th century.
His style was influenced by the Italian Opera musicians like Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti.

MY FAVOURITE WORKS:
-Variations On A Theme By Mozart (1822)
-Sing Not, Thou Beauty, in My Presence (1828)
-Serenade in E flat major on Themes from Donizetti’s Opera Anna Bolena (1832)
-Grand sextet in E flat major (1832)
-Divertimento Brillante in A-flat major on Themes from Bellini’s ‘La Sonnambula’ (1832)
-Life for the Tsar (Жизнь за царя: Иван Сусанин) (1836)
-Nocturne separation (1839)
-A Farewall to St Petersburg [special mention to The Lark and Barcarolle] (1840)
-Ruslan and Ludmilla (Руслан и Людмила) (1842) [special mention to Chernnomor’s March; Oriental Dances; prelude of last act]
-Spanish Overture No.1 (1845)
-Spanish Overture No.2 (1851)
-Children’s Polka in B♭ major (1854)
-Andalusian Dance (1855)
-Waltz Fantasy in B minor (1856)

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