(1844 - 1908).  Russian composer.  He had little formal musical training, but over time he developed the finest technique of any of his colleagues in the famed "Russian Five" (Balakirev, Borodin, Cui, and Mussorgsky).  His works helped establish a Russian national school of music, and shaped the course of Russian orchestral and operatic music for generations to come.

His most successful works include the symphonic suite "Scheherazade", his Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Overture, and the opera "The Golden Cockerl" (Le coq d'or).  His treatise on "Principles of Orchestration" remains a landmark reference work for composers.
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steven - 22 Sep 2009