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Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

June 1, 1804 - February 15, 1857
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka was an important Russian composer of the first half of the 19th century. His compositions ushered in a new era of musical composition in Russia based on European influences. In so doing, he built a musical pathway for his successors, notably The Five or The Mighty Handful (Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Alexander Borodin).

Glinka's romance, The Lark, was transcribed for piano by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev.