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(1855-1914).  Russian composer and influential teacher. Liadov studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, but was expelled for unexplained absences from class. He was later re-admitted and eventually graduated, thanks to his emerging compositional talents. From 1878 he was on the staff of the Conservatory teaching theory and composition. Among his most famous pupils was Serge Prokofiev, though the conservative Liadov and progressive Prokofiev did not see eye to eye.

Liadov joined Balakirev and Rimsky-Korsakov in creating an important edition of Glinka's works, and collected Russian folk songs, 120 of which were later published in his own arrangements. Not surprisingly, Liadov is best remembered for his musical miniatures inspired by the fantastic goblins, witches, and other supernatural creatures that permeate Russian fairy tales.

Liadov composed music slowly and with a very self-critical eye, despite his considerable talents. His lack of faith in his own musical abilities, perhaps due to psychological problems, resulted in only a few works of lasting impact. A banquet to honor Liadov was held in 1913. He failed to appear.

Any list of Liadov's most cherished compositions must include the legend for orchestra "Kikimora", the piano work "A Musical Snuffbox", the orchestral tone poems "Baba Yaga" and "The Enchanted Lake".  Also of note are the two stately "Polonaises" for orchestra, and the suite of "8 Russian Folk Songs" for Orchestra.
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