Modest Mussorgsky | Composer

Modest Mussorgsky | Composer

Name Modest Mussorgsky
Profession Composer
Date of Birth 1839-03-21
Place of Birth Toropets,
Russia
Age 42 yrs
Death Date 1881-03-28
Birth Sign Aries

About Modest Mussorgsky

Innovative Romantic composer known for “Night on Bald Mountain” and “Pictures at an Exhibition.” He was one of The Five.

Early Life of Modest Mussorgsky

He began to heavily drink while at military school after the school’s director General Sutgof encouraged such habits in his students. He would eventually struggle with severe alcoholism.

Trivia

His “Night on Bald Mountain,” while well-known, is rarely performed in its original form.

Family Life

He was born into the thirtieth generation following Rurik the Great, the first King of ancient Kiev Rus; his family was comprised of wealthy landowners and as a result, belonged to the Russian Landed Gentry.

Associated With

His musical abilities were so advanced that he was able to play a John Field concerto and works by Franz Liszt for family and friends when he was six.

Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov | Composer

Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov | Composer

Name Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov
Profession Composer
Date of Birth 1844-03-18
Place of Birth Russia
Age 64 yrs
Death Date 1908-06-21
Birth Sign Pisces

About Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov

Russian composer known for being a member of the group of composers known as The Five. His best-known compositions include Capriccio Espagnol.

Early Life of Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov

He enlisted in the Imperial Russian Navy at age twelve.

Trivia

He received the honor of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory, the oldest music school in Russia, being named after him.

Family Life

His brother Vion became a famous explorer.

Associated With

He and Modest Mussorgsky were part of the elite group of composers known as The Five.

Alexander Borodin | Composer

Alexander Borodin | Composer

Name Alexander Borodin
Profession Composer
Date of Birth 1833-11-12
Place of Birth Russia
Age 53 yrs
Death Date 1887-02-27
Birth Sign Scorpio

About Alexander Borodin

Remembered for his symphonic poem In the Steppes of Central Asia; his Symphony No. 2 in B minor; his String Quartets no. 1 & 2; and his operatic work Prince Igor, this nineteenth-century Romantic composer belonged to a prominent circle of Russian nationalist composers known as “The Five.”

Early Life of Alexander Borodin

While writing music, he studied at St. Petersburg’s Medical–Surgical Academy. His early compositions include an 1850 piano trio and an 1852 vocal music piece titled “Why Did You Grow Pale Early?”

Trivia

A prominent chemist and women’s rights activist as well as a musician, Borodin discovered the Hunsdiecker and Aldol chemical reactions and helped establish Russia’s School of Medicine for Women.

Family Life

The illegitimate child of Evdokia Konstantinovna Antonova and Georgian aristocrat Luka Gedevanishvili, he spent his youth in St. Petersburg, Russia. His marriage to pianist Ekaterina Protopopova resulted in a daughter named Gania.

Associated With

After Borodin’s sudden death, his opera Prince Igor was completed by Alexander Glazunov and fellow The Five member Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Camille Saint-Saens | Composer

Camille Saint-Saens | Composer

Name Camille Saint-Saens
Profession Composer
Date of Birth 1835-10-09
Place of Birth Paris,
France
Age 86 yrs
Death Date 1921-12-16
Birth Sign Libra

About Camille Saint-Saens

Romantic-era organist, conductor, and pianist who became known for his compositions “The Carnival of Animals,” “Samson and Delilah,” and “Danse macabre.” His Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Concerto No. 1, and Symphony No. 3 also retained popularity long after his death.

Early Life of Camille Saint-Saens

His perfect pitch was discovered while he was still two. He made his public concert debut when he was five, accompanying a violin sonata by Beethoven.

Trivia

He became the first acclaimed composer to score a motion picture, “The Assassination of the Duke of Guise” from 1908.

Family Life

He never knew his father, a government clerk who passed away three months after he was born. He wed 19-year-old Marie Laure Emile Truffot in 1875 at age 40. He had two sons with her. Both sons died in 1878.

Associated With

He and Claude Debussy shared a mutual hatred for each other’s work.

Nico Muhly | Composer

Nico Muhly | Composer

Name Nico Muhly
Profession Composer
Date of Birth 1981-08-26
Place of Birth Rhode Island
Age
Death Date
Birth Sign Virgo

About Nico Muhly

Contemporary classical music composer who was known for collaborating with rock musicians and fellow classical musicians alike. He worked for Philip Glass as an editor, conductor, and keyboardist.

Early Life of Nico Muhly

He received his Master’s degree in music from the Julliard School. His first album was “Speaks Volumes” from 2006.

Trivia

He collaborated with the band Grizzly Bear on their critically acclaimed album “Veckatimest” from 2009.

Family Life

His mother Bunny was a painter and teacher and his father Frank was a documentary filmmaker.

Associated With

He collaborated with Bjork on “Oceania,” the DVD single from 2004.