Mily Balakirev

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Birthday
2, 1837
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
May 29, 1910 (73)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
2, 1837
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
May 29, 1910 (73)

About

Prominent and passionate advocate of Russian music who was supportive of many Russian composers, including Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Before Fame

He continued the work of composer Mikhail Glinka by practicing the fusion of traditional folk music and experimental classical music.

Trivia

He and critic Vladimir Stasov took several future notables under their tutelage as part of a group called The Five, including Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Family Life

His family was impoverished, but his mother noticed her son's talents and began giving him lessons when he was four.

Associated With

He and Anton Rubinstein were bitter rivals, both professionally and personally, disagreeing on musical techniques and preferences.