Glinka, Mikhail Ivanovich (mēkhəyēlˈ ēväˈnəvĭch glēnˈkä) [key], 1804–57, first of the nationalist school of Russian composers. His two operas, A Life for the Czar (1836) and Russlan and Ludmilla (1842), marked the beginning of a characteristically Russian style of music. His best symphonic work was the incidental music to the play Prince Kholmsky.
See studies by D. Brown (1973), A. Orlova (1988), and A. Rosanov (1989).
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