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date: 22 August 2019

Rimsky-Korsakov familylocked

  • Marina Frolova-Walker,
  • Mark Humphreys,
  • Lyle Neff,
  • Rita McAllister,
  • Iosif Genrikhovich Rayskin
  •  and Detlef Gojowy

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Russian family of musicians.

Marina Frolova-Walker

(b Tikhvin, 6/Mar 18, 1844; d Lyubensk, nr Luga [now Pskov district], 8/June 21, 1908). Composer and teacher.

Mark Humphreys

Rimsky-Korsakov was born into a family of landless nobility in the small provincial town of Tikhvin. His education and upbringing were guided at least as much by his brother Voin (22 years Nikolay’s senior) as by his parents. It was, for example, Voin who determined that the young Nikolay was to embark on a naval career (Voin was himself a distinguished naval officer and later became the director of the Naval College in St Petersburg). Nikolay received his primary education at home, displaying great abilities in practically every subject. From as early as five he also started tinkering on the piano, imitating the popular tunes his father played by ear, and soon began private piano lessons. Although he produced his earliest compositions at the age of ten, Rimsky-Korsakov later remembered that at this stage he had not yet developed a true passion for music, and that literature used to make a much stronger impression on him. In ...

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