Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was born in Tikhvin about 120 miles from Saint Petersburg into a well-to-do family with a military/naval tradition. He started piano lessons at age six, but did not show much talent at first. As a 12-year old he joined the Russian Navy as a cadet, and as part of his education he took piano lessons. Again he was not a model student, but he did develop a love for music, and by the time he was 15, he was studying composition. He continued to mix naval life with music, and in time became one of Russia’s most respected composers. He mastered the skill of orchestration, and was a great supporter of other composers of the time.
He was also one of “The Five” major Russian composers which included Borodin and Mussorgsky - the group had the aim of producing a specifically Russian brand of music.
He had a phenomenal musical output at least three of which have been played by our Flute Bands – Capriccio Espagnol (based on Spanish folk themes - 1887), Sheherazade (based on Arabian Nights - 1888) and the Russian Easter Festival Overture (dedicated to the memory of Borodin and Mussorgsky - 1888).