Mily Balakirev

1837 - 1910

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Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev (UK: bə-LA(H)K-i-rev, US: BAH-lah-KEER-ef; Russian: Милий Алексеевич Балакирев, pronounced [ˈmʲilʲɪj ɐlʲɪkˈsʲe(j)ɪvʲɪdʑ bɐˈlakʲɪrʲɪf] ; 2 January 1837 [O.S. 21 December 1836] – 29 May [O.S. 16 May] 1910) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor known today primarily for his work promoting musical nationalism and his encouragement of more famous Russian composers, notably Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. He began his career as a pivotal figure, extending the fusion of traditional folk music and experimental classical music practices begun by composer Mikhail Glinka. In the process, Balakirev developed musical patterns that could express overt nationalistic feeling. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mily Balakirev has received more than 482,610 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Mily Balakirev is the 112th most popular composer (down from 108th in 2019), the 143rd most popular biography from Russia (down from 135th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Russian Composer.

Mily Balakirev is most famous for his work with Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. He was a Russian composer, pianist, and teacher. He was a member of the group of composers called The Five.

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Among composers, Mily Balakirev ranks 112 out of 1,451Before him are Heinrich Schütz, Manuel de Falla, Carlo Gesualdo, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Giulio Caccini, and Joaquín Rodrigo. After him are Arthur Honegger, Gregorio Allegri, Francisco Tárrega, György Ligeti, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, and Fanny Mendelssohn.

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Among people born in 1837, Mily Balakirev ranks 8Before him are Alois Hitler, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, J. P. Morgan, Grover Cleveland, Fredrik Bajer, and Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī. After him are Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Cosima Wagner, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, Marie François Sadi Carnot, Adam Opel, and Pedro V of Portugal. Among people deceased in 1910, Mily Balakirev ranks 13Before him are William James, Henri Rousseau, Edward VII, Nadar, Chulalongkorn, and O. Henry. After him are Marius Petipa, Johann Gottfried Galle, Luigi Lucheni, Léon Walras, Huo Yuanjia, and Elizabeth Blackwell.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Mily Balakirev ranks 143 out of 3,761Before him are Pyotr Bagration (1765), Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1899), Aleksandr Vasilevsky (1895), Nikolai Lobachevsky (1792), Arnold Sommerfeld (1868), and Vladimir Vysotsky (1938). After him are Georgi Plekhanov (1856), Walther Funk (1890), Alexei Kosygin (1904), Sergey Shoygu (1955), Gala Dalí (1894), and Yemelyan Pugachev (1742).

Among COMPOSERS In Russia

Among composers born in Russia, Mily Balakirev ranks 9Before him are Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873), Dmitri Shostakovich (1906), Modest Mussorgsky (1839), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844), Alexander Scriabin (1871), and Alexander Borodin (1833). After him are Mikhail Glinka (1804), Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904), Sofia Gubaidulina (1931), Alfred Schnittke (1934), Otto Nicolai (1810), and Irving Berlin (1888).