A Russian Musical Adventure
Hardback 485pp Illustrated
9780571245628   Product Code: 22130
The 'Mighty Handful' of five Russian composers who came together in St Petersburg in the 1860s had little musical education but they created some of the most popular music in the classical repertoire, including Borodin's Prince Igor and Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade. Walsh's study analyses how this rare example of a creative musical collective worked and reveals the crucial role played by their mentor, the art historian Vladimir Stasov, in fostering a Russian nationalist music.