Letters to His Family and Friends

 by Tatiana Rimsky-Korsakov

 edited by Malcolm J. Crocker and Margarita Maksotskaya

An important, rare biography of the highly influential Russian composer—rich with

correspondence and other material available in English for the first time.


Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov is one of Russia’s great musical figures. Although largely self-taught, he became a professor at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and one of the famed “Mighty Handful” of Russian nationalist composers. Works with Scheherazade and Capriccio Espagnol remain popular, as does his textbook on orchestration. His influence extended from students like Stravinsky and Prokoflev to non-Russian composers such as Debussy, Dukas, and Ravel, yet relatively little written about him is available outside Russia.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Letters to His Family and Friends (July 2015, Amadeus Press, $34.99) is a rare, revealing look at the composer, written by his granddaughter Tatiana. Featuring a wealth of correspondence and photographs from his family’s archives, this book provides new, fascinating details about the composer’s life, work, and relations with close friends and colleagues, including Borodin, Mussorgsky, and Tchaikovsky. It also sheds new light on his wife, Nadezhda Purgold, an accomplished composer and pianist who helped her husband with his own compositions. Many letters involve Rimsky-Korsakov’s other family members and important figures in art, history, literature, and music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Filled with material presented in English for the first time, Rimsky-Korsakov: Letters to His Family and Friends is an essential resource on Rimsky-Korsakov, late romantic and early modern music, and culture in Russia as it approached the end of an era.

July 28, 2015

6″ x 9″
400 pages
Amadeus Press, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group


Tatiana Rimsky-Korsakov (1915-2006) granddaughter of the composer, wrote two books in Russian about him—one about his childhood and youth, and one about his later life—on which this book is based.


Malcolm J. Crocker is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Auburn University. A widely honored expert in acoustics, his many publications include the four-volume Encyclopedia of Acoustics. He lives in Auburn, Ala.

Margarita Maksotskaya has degrees in music and linguistics from Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. She is currently a visiting research scholar at Auburn University. She lives in Auburn, Ala.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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