Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    18th March 1844
  • Died
    21st June 1908
  • Birthplace
    Tikhvin, Russia

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five. He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral compositions—Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture, and the symphonic suite Scheherazade—are considered staples of the classical music repertoire, along with suites and excerpts from some of his 15 operas. Scheherazade is an example of his frequent use of fairy tale and folk subjects. Rimsky-Korsakov believed, as did fellow composer Mily Balakirev and critic Vladimir Stasov, in developing a nationalistic style of music, including Russian folk song and lore along with exotic elements in a practice known as musical orientalism, and eschewed traditional Western compositional methods. However, Rimsky-Korsakov appreciated Western musical techniques after he became a professor of musical composition, harmony and orchestration at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1871. He undertook a rigorous three-year program of self-education and became a master of Western methods, incorporating them alongside the influences of Mikhail Glinka and fellow members of The Five.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
My Musical Life Books N/A
Practical Manual of Harmony Books N/A
Principles of Orchestration Books N/A
A Page from Homer, Op.60 Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
Spanish Capriccio, Op.34 Caprice Orchestra
Clarinet Concerto Concerto Clarinet
Concert Fantasy for Violin, Op.33 Concerto Violin
Mazurka on Polish Themes Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Piano Concerto, Op.30 Concerto Piano and orchestra
Trombone Concerto Concerto Piano
Canzonetta and Tarantella Dance Chamber group
Fantasia on Serbian Themes, Op.6 Fantasy Orchestra
At the Monastery Fugue String Quartet
Fugue in G minor Fugue Piano
Christmas Eve Opera / Operetta Choir and Orchestra
Christmas Eve (opera) Opera / Operetta Choir and Orchestra
Kashchey the Deathless Opera / Operetta Choir and Orchestra
May Night Opera / Operetta Piano 4 hands
Mlada (opera-ballet) Opera / Operetta Choir and Orchestra
Mozart and Salieri, Op.48 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Piano