(1833 - 1887).  Russian composer.  He was only a part-time musician, due to his work and travel as an internationally known chemist.  A member of the so-called "Russian Five" circle of composers, he completed several masterfully orchestrated and lyrically suggestive works of Russian and Asian inspiration, though many of these compositions remained unfinished.

His most notable complete works include the Symphony no 2 in B minor, the tone poem "In the Steppes of Central Asia", and the String Quartet no 2 in D major.  His unfinished opera "Prince Igor" was completed by Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov, including the popular "Polovtsian Dances".
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