Rimsky-Korsakov and His World
Portrait of Composer Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov by Valentin Serov, 1898; Wikimedia Commons.

Rimsky-Korsakov and His World

29th Annual Bard Music Festival
August 10–12 and August 17–19, 2018


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908) played a definitive role in what became known as the Russian style in music. The most assiduous and prolific of the Russian nationalist composers known as the Mighty Five—Mily Balakirev, Modest Musorgsky, Alexander Borodin, Cèsar Cui, and himself—he developed and refined many of the ideas born in the hothouse of their collective creativity, forging a highly recognizable Russian style and passing it on to his many students. The Festival looks at the shape of his career, from naval officer to composer of works of great originality.

“Rimsky-Korsakov merged an appreciation for the western tradition with an impulse to create an autonomous, independent Russian musical voice, which led him to become one of the great composers and teachers in all of music history.” —Leon Botstein 

Leon Botstein on Rimsky-Korsakov the Composer

Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and Artistic Codirector of Bard Music Festival speaks about the 2018 Bard Music Festival featured composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 
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