May 01, 2005

May and June in History

Russian composer, director and pedagogue Anatoly Lyadov was born on May 11, 1855 (April 29, old style), in Novgorod region. Lyadov came from a musicians’ family – his father was the conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre and his mother was a pianist. Lyadov was a student of the famous composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. In 1878, he himself started teaching in the St. Petersburg Conservatory and educated such famous composers as Sergei Prokofiev and Mikhail Gnesin. In the middle of the 1870s, Lyadov was a member of the Moguchaya Kuchka (“The Mighty Five”). Lyadov was not one of Russia’s more prolific composers, but his work has a very distinctive style. The composer often drew on folklore and fairytales (“Baba-Yaga” (1905), “Eight Russian Folk Tales”(1906), “The Magic Lake”(1909), “Kikimora” (1910). He died in 1914.


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