Definition and background:
A style of Russian compositions in the 19th century. Using as an inspiration, the somber, mysterious Russian church music and Russian folk tunes, composers of this style developed their own nationalistic style and rejected the Western stylistic views. They were credited with proclaiming the virtues of the Russian land. The main composers of the Russian School include the Russian "5." This group was also known as " the Five " and " the Mighty Handful," and the kutchka. They include Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, C'sar Cui, Modest Musorgsky, and Nicolao Rimsky-Korsakov. See also kutchka; the Five; the Mighty Handful.
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