October 20, 2012 The event this month was devoted to works by Nicolai A. Rimsky-Korsakov. Retired from the Tzar's navy, Rimsky-Korsakov was a largely self taught composer and orchestrator. He began his academic studies after being appointed professor of composition and orchestration at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (so he could teach from the books).
KUSC's Jim Svejda calls Rimsky-Korsakov
"the world's greatest second-rate composer". Archive Music has 938 available
CD listings for him, yet it's not easy finding works among them not instantly
familiar. Most composers can be that "second-rate" only in their dreams.
Rimsky-Korsakov was composition teacher to Igor Stravinsky, Ottorino Respighi
and many other noted composers of the following generation.