Composer: Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Dates: 2 January 1837 – 29 May 1910
Title of Piece: Symphonic Poem “Russia”
Brief Biography: As a boy Balakirev lived with Oulibichev, where he wrote the biography of Mozart. Although a composer in his own right Balakirev is better known for bringing together ‘The Five’ or Balakirev Circle of composers consisting of himself, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin.