Russian Culture - Classical and Contemporary

Russian Music - Русская музыка

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky , 1840-1893

Russia's best known composer of symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental and chamber music and songs. Among his most popular concert and theatrical music are "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty," "The Nutcracker," the 1812 Overture and his Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies.

This site (click here) contains a short biography, and here are selections from a number of his compositions.



Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1873-1940

The great Russian composer, concert pianist and conductor, Rachmaninoff is particularly famous for his piano concertos and solo pieces. Click here for a short biography, and here for selections from his works.



Sergei Prokofiev, 1891-1953

Composer and conductor who created in a wide variety of musical genres and become known as one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.

Here is a short biography  - click here - and here are selections of his works.


Dmitri Shostakovich, 1906-1975

Soviet Russian composer, one of the most celebrated composers of the twentieth century. His works include symphonies and concerti, music for chamber ensembles - string quartets, a piano quintet, string octets, and piano trios - sonatas and preludes for piano, two operas, and film music.

Click here for a brief biography, and some samples of his music.



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