The Mighty Handful

2127 WordsNov 21, 20169 Pages
The Mighty Handful During nineteenth century, there were five major players who worked together to establish the unique and distinct sound that is Russian classical music. Mily Balakirev, Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin. The five composers all lived in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and worked together to created amazing works of music from 1856 to 1870. The Mighty Handful got their name from an article entitled Mr. Balakirev’s Slavic Concert, by acclaimed critic Vladimir Stasov which was a concert that was performed for visiting Slavic delegates in May 1867 at the All-Russian Ethnographical Exhibition” in Moscow, Russia. The four Russian composers whose worked were featured at the concert were Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Mily Balakirev, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The article itself ended with the statement that lead to be named “The Mighty Handful” “God grant that our Slav guests may never forget today’s concert; God grant that they may forever preserve the memory of how much poetry, feeling, talent, and intelligence are possessed by the small but already might handful of Russian musicians.” The group started off as a twosome in 1856 with Balakirev and Cui. The rest of the group started slowly forming starting with Mussorgsky in 1857, Rimsky-Korsakov in 1861, and then Borodin in 1862. All the composers were young, self-trained amateurs who had other careers that combined their careers and their love of music.

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