Mikhail Glinka

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (June 1 1804 – February 15 1857), was the first Russian composer to gain wide recognition within his own country, and is often regarded as the father of Russian classical music.

Glinka's compositions were an important influence on future Russian composers, notably the members of The Five (i.e. Mily Balakirev (the leader), César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin), who took Glinka's lead and produced a distinctive Russian style of music.

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