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Glinka, Mikhail Ivanovich (1804-1857), a musician

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GLINKA, Vasily Andreyevich (1804–1857), composer, the father of Russian classical music. In 1822 he graduated from the St.Petersburg school for children of the nobility at the Central Pedagogical Institute. In 1834 he travelled to Italy and Germany, where he took lessons from theorist of composition Z. Den. Having returned from abroad, Glinka began to work on the opera “Zhizn za Tsrya” (“Life for the Tsar”) (“Ivan Susanin”), premiere of the opera was presented in 1836 in St.Petersburg in Mariinsky Theatre. In the period 1836-39 Glinka worked as a conductor of Imperial Chapel Choir. In 1842 he finished his opera “Ruslan I Lyudmila” (“Ruslan and Lyudmila”). In 1844 he travelled around France and Spain; as a result he composed symphonic pieces “Aragonskaya Okhota” (“Aragon Hunt”) and “Noch v Madride” (“A Night in Madrid”). In 1848 Glinka created a fantasy “Kamarinskaya”. He died in Berlin. In May 1857 his remains were moved to St.Petersburg and reinterred in Tikhvin Cemetery in Alexander Nevsky Lavra . In the summer 1828 Glinka spent some days in Maryino estate, he took part in an amateur performance as a singer. In August 1828 he stayed at Olenins’ Priyutino estate. In June 1829 he visited Vyborg Town where he stayed at Motti Hotel (2, Progonnaya st.; memorial plaque), he also visited Monrepo estate and Imatra waterfall. While travelling Glinka collected Finnish folk songs, one of which became a basis for his “Finskaya Fantaziya” (“Finnish Fantasy”), the other one – for Finn’s ballade from Glinka’s opera “Ruslan and Lyudmila”. In 1838, on his way to Novospasskoye Village, he spent some days in Gatchina Town and Luga Town. In the end of 1830s Glinka together with K.P. Bryullov visited Hepojarvi Lake near Toksovo Village.

Kruzhnov, Yuri Nikolayevich

Bryullov, Karl Pavlovich
Den, Siegfried
Glinka, Mikhail Ivanovich
Olenins, the

Leningrad Oblast, the/Gatchina District/Gatchina Town
Topographical landmarks/Khepoyarvi Lake
Leningrad Oblast, the/Luga District/Luga Town
Leningrad Oblast, the/Vyborg District/Vyborg Town/Progonnaya Street
Leningrad Oblast, the/Vsevolozhsk District/Toksovo Urban Settlement
Leningrad Oblast, the/Vyborg District/Vyborg Town

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Subject Index
Maryino, a country estate
Monrepo, a country estate
"Priyutino", a literary and art estate-museum