Balakirev, Mili Alekseyevich
, 1837-1910, Russian composer and conductor, leader of the group called the Five
. He founded (1862) the Free School of Music in St. Petersburg and conducted (1867-69) the Russian Music Society and (1883-94) the Imperial Chapel Choir and Imperial Music Society. His works include the symphonic poems Tamara
); a piano fantasy, Islamey;
incidental music for King Lear;
and songs. His music combined romanticism with Russian and Caucasian folk songs.
See study by E. Garden (1967).
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