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Balakirev • Borodin • Burgmuller • Campina
Moszkowski • Mussorgsky • Ravel

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Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev Classical Music Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev

2 January 1837 – 29 May 1910. A Russian pianist, conductor and composer known today primarily for his work promoting musical nationalism and his encouragement of more famous Russian composers, notably Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

He began his career as a pivotal figure, extending the fusion of traditional folk music and experimental classical music practices begun by composer Mikhail Glinka. In the process, Balakirev developed musical patterns that could express overt nationalistic feeling.

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•  Islamej

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Borodin Classical Music Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

November 1833 – 27 February 1887. A Russian Romantic composer, doctor and chemist.

He was a member of the group of composers called The Five (or "The Mighty Handful"), who were dedicated to producing a specifically Russian kind of art music.

He is best known for his symphonies, his two string quartets, In the Steppes of Central Asia and his opera Prince Igor. Music from Prince Igor and his string quartets was later adapted for the US musical Kismet.

7 selections
•  Intermezzo
•  In The Monastery
•  Mazurka 2
•  Mazurka
•  Nocturne
•  Reverie
•  Serenade

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Burgmuller Classical Music Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmuller

4 December 1806 – 13 February 1874. A German pianist and composer.

He was born in Ratisbon (now Regensburg) Germany. Both his father, August, and his brother, Norbert, were musicians. His father was a musical theatre director in Weimar and other Southern German centers.

He moved to Kassel in 1829 to study under Ludwig Spohr and Moritz Hauptmann. There he appeared as a pianist for his first concert, January 14, 1830. Friedrich moved to Paris in 1832 (at age 26), where he stayed until his death. There, he adopted Parisian music and developed his trademark (light) style of playing.

He wrote many pieces of salon music for the piano and published several albums. Burgmüller also went on to compose piano études intended for children.

Burgmüller composed piano pieces, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises and two ballets. His piece, the Peasant Pas de Deux was added to Adolphe Adam's ballet Giselle for its 1841 premiere. This music was originally titled Souvenirs de Ratisbonne.

9 selections
•  Etudes Opus109 Agitato
•  Etudes Opus109 Awaking In The Woods
•  Etudes Opus109 Separation
•  Etudes Opus109 Spinning Song
•  Etudes Opus109 The Fountain
•  Etudes Opus109 The Pearls
•  Etudes Opus109 The Sylphs
•  Etudes Opus109 Thunderstorm
•  Etudes Opus109 Velocity

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Granados Classical Music Enrique Granados Campina

27 July 1867 – 24 March 1916. A Spanish pianist and composer of classical music.

His music is in a uniquely Spanish style and, as such, is representative of musical nationalism.

Granados wrote piano music, chamber music (a piano quintet, a piano trio, music for violin and piano), songs, zarzuelas, and an orchestral tone poem based on Dante's Divine Comedy.

Many of his piano compositions have been transcribed for the classical guitar: examples include Dedicatoria, Danza No. 5, Goyescas.

3 selections
•  Danzas Espanolas No2 Oriental
•  Danzas Espanolas No3 Zarabanda
•  Danzas Espanolas No4 Villanesca

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Moszkowski Classical Music Moritz Maurice Moszkowski

23 August 1854 – 4 March 1925. A German-Jewish composer, pianist, and teacher of Polish descent on his paternal side.

His brother Alexander Moszkowski was a famous writer and satirist in Berlin.

Ignacy Paderewski said: "After Chopin, Moszkowski best understands how to write for the piano, and his writing embraces the whole gamut of piano technique."

Although less known today, Moszkowski was well respected and popular during the late nineteenth century.

Despite the balance and bright limpidity of his playing and his wonderful technique, which aroused the enthusiasm of admirers throughout Europe, his music has also been described as "devoid of the masculine and the feminine".

He was a master in his pianistic repertoire, but it was in his own compositions that he was more admired.

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•  Ttincelles Opus36 No6

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Mussorgsky Classical Music Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

21 March 1839 – 28 March 1881. A Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five".

He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period.

He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.

Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mountain, and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition.

6 selections
•  Bydlo
•  Promenade Gnomus
•  Promenade Il Vecchio Castello
•  Promenade The Market Place Of Limoges
•  Promenade The Tuileries
•  The Hut On Chickens Legs

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Ravel Classical Music Joseph-Maurice Ravel

7 March 1875 – 28 December 1937. A French composer, pianist and conductor.

He is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term.

In the 1920s and 30s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer.

Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the conservatoire Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz.

He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of development.

5 selections
•  Gaspard De La Nuit Le Gibet
•  Gaspard De La Nuit Ondine
•  Gaspard De La Nuit Scarbo
•  Jeux Deau
•  Miroirs Noctuelles

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