1887. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. More.
Glinka, Mikhail Ivanovich
(1804-57), Russian composer, began his career as a civil servant, but a visit to Italy made him eager to study music, which he did in Berlin. On his return to Russia he produced his famous opera A Life for the Tzar
(also staged as Ivan Susanin
) (1836). His Ruslan and Ludmilla
(1842), based on the poem by Alexander Pushkin
, pioneered the style of the Russian national school of composers