Five, The

Five, The, name of a group of late 19th-century Russian composers. They were Balakirev , the leader, Cui , Moussorgsky , Borodin , and Rimsky-Korsakov . These men, united by a nationalistic fervor, tried to write music of distinctively Russian character, drawing on the history, literature, and folklore of their country.

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

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