Today, Saturday, March 18, is the birthday or the Russian Romantic composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
This from Wikipedia: “Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov[a] (March 18, 1844 – June 21, 1908) was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of [19th Century Russian] composers known as The Five [Rimsky-Korsakov, Mily Balakirev, Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, and Alexander Borodin].
He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral compositions—Cappricio Espagnol, the Russia Easter Festival Overture, and the symphonic suite Scheherazade—are 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.”
From Brittanica-Rimsky-Korsakov: “… of [the group known as] “The Five”, Rimsky-Korsakov was the most learned and the most productive; he composed works in all genres, but he most excelled in the field of opera.”
“Rimsky-Korsakov rendered an inestimable service to Russian music as the de facto editor and head of a unique publishing enterprise financed by the Russian industrialist M.P. Belyayev and dedicated exclusively to the publication of music by Russian composers.”
“Of the composer’s orchestral works, the best known are Capriccio espagnol (1887), the symphonic suite Scheherazade, and Russian Easter Festival (1888) overture. “The Flight of the Bumble Bee” from The Tale of Tsar Saltan and the “Song of India” from Sadko are perenial favourites [sic] in a variety of arrangements.”
Turn up the volume and enjoy some of the great works of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov on his heavenly 179th birthday.
N. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade:
N. Rimsky-Korsakov: “Flight of the Bumble Bee”:
N. Rimsky-Korsakov: “Song of India”:
Happy Birthday Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov