Cui, César [Kyui, Tsezar′ Antonovich]
- Geoffrey Norris
- and Lyle Neff
(b Vilnius, 6/18 Jan 1835; d Petrograd [St Petersburg], 26 March 1918). Russian composer and critic of French-Lithuanian descent. His father, an officer in the French Army, remained in Russia after Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in 1812, married a Lithuanian, Julia Gucewicz, and lived at Vilnius, where he taught French at the gymnasium. César received his early general education there, at the same time studying the piano. After a few months of harmony and counterpoint lessons from Moniuszko he entered the Engineering School at St Petersburg in ...