Cui, César Antonovich

Cui, César Antonovich tsāzär´ äntô´nôvĭch küē´ [key], 1835–1918, Russian composer and critic, a military engineer by profession. As a music critic in St. Petersburg and Paris, he championed the group of nationalist Russian composers known as The Five , consisting of Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, Borodin, and himself. Of these, he was the least distinctive composer. He was largely self-taught, and his best works are songs and short salon pieces, which avoid the technical deficiencies of his operas and orchestral music.

See V. I. Seroff, The Mighty Five (1948) M. O. Zetlin, The Five (tr. 1959).

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