from 8 Russian Folksongs, Op. 58

by Anatoly Lyadov

Anatoly Lyadov was born in 1855 in Saint Petersburg, Russia and died in 1914 at his country estate in Polynovka, Russia. He is notorious for being expelled from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s prestigious composition class at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1876 for non-attendance. Lyadov was given a second chance and after he graduated in 1878, Lyadov joined the teaching staff of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

Lyadov was a fine pianist and is recognised for his beautifully crafted piano works and straightforward “no frills” style of composition.

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