Mily Balakirev

1837 - 1910

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Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev (Russian: Милий Алексеевич Балакирев, pronounced [ˈmʲilʲɪj ɐlʲiekˈsʲie(j)evʲitʑ bɐˈlakʲirʲief] (listen); 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 380,539 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Mily Balakirev is the 97th most popular composer (up from 100th in 2019), the 114th most popular biography from Russia (up from 115th in 2019) and the 10th 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 97 out of 1,228Before him are César Franck, Léo Delibes, Jacopo Peri, Arvo Pärt, Pietro Mascagni, and Ruggero Leoncavallo. After him are Luigi Cherubini, Carlo Gesualdo, Guillaume Du Fay, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.

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Among people born in 1837, Mily Balakirev ranks 4Before him are Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, and Alois Hitler. After him are Grover Cleveland, J. P. Morgan, Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī, Marie François Sadi Carnot, Cosima Wagner, Adam Opel, Fredrik Bajer, and Tokugawa Yoshinobu. Among people deceased in 1910, Mily Balakirev ranks 12Before him are William James, Edward VII, Henri Rousseau, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Nadar, and O. Henry. After him are Chulalongkorn, Marius Petipa, Johann Gottfried Galle, Léon Walras, Giovanni Schiaparelli, and Luigi Lucheni.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Mily Balakirev ranks 114 out of 2,688Before him are Lev Kamenev (1883), Vasili IV of Russia (1552), Nikolai Vavilov (1887), Feodor III of Russia (1661), Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia (1878), and Olga of Kiev (890). After him are Vasily Chuikov (1900), Vladimir Komarov (1927), Nikolai Lobachevsky (1792), Alexander Kolchak (1874), Vasili III of Russia (1479), and Mikhail Sholokhov (1905).

Among COMPOSERS In Russia

Among composers born in Russia, Mily Balakirev ranks 10Before him are Modest Mussorgsky (1839), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844), Alexander Borodin (1833), Alexander Scriabin (1871), and Mikhail Glinka (1804). After him are Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904), Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov (1883), Alfred Schnittke (1934), Sofia Gubaidulina (1931), Otto Nicolai (1810), and Anton Arensky (1861).