Glinka and the Russian Five: Part II

Gareth Curtis

Michael Glinka

The history of Russian music has often involved a tension between home-grown and imported music. Rarely has this been more true than in the 19th century, when a new and very deliberately national style was cultivated, first by Glinka and then by the so-called ‘Mighty Handful’, Balakirev, Borodin, Musorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Cui.  The second part of this course will explore how Musorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov endeavoured to make their work distinctively Russian, and will also summarise the musical legacy of the ‘Five’.

Though linked to the earlier course, this one will be entirely self-standing, and does not require that you attended last term.

Recommended reading:

  • Brown et al., The New Grove Russian Masters 1: Glinka, Borodin, Balakirev, Musorgsky, Tchaikovsky. London, 1986.
  • Abraham et al., The New Grove Russian Masters 2: Rimsky-Korsakov, Rakhmaninov, Skryabin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich. London, 1986.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov (transl. J.A. Joffe), My Musical Life. London, 1974.
  • Brown, Musorgsky: his life and works. London, 2010.
  • Walsh, Musorgsky and his circle. New York, 2013.

Day: Mondays Time: 2pm– 4pm

Five weeks, starting 27th February-27th March, 2016.

Brook Road Methodist Church,
M41 5RQ

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£45 10 30

Please book before 13th February, 2017

To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment to

Gareth Curtis, 25 Westbourne Park, Urmston, Manchester, M41 0XR phone:0161 747 8687


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