Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka is well known as the first Russian composer to achieve widespread recognition within his own country.
Glinka is often considered the father of Russian classical music. As such, he had an important influence on future Russian composers, including members of The Five. He helped cultivate a distinctive Russian style of music.
His operas rank at the top of his most famous works both inside and outside of his homeland (check out the overture to Russlan and Ludmilla below!) Outside Russia several of Glinka's orchestral works have been fairly popular in concerts and recordings. In this vein his major output includes the symphonic poem Kamarinskaya (1848) based on Russian folk tunes, as well as some Spanish works. Finally, he composed a large body of art songs and piano pieces, as well as some chamber music.
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