In the Mitte district of Berlin, there is a Glinka Street, named for Mikhail Glinka, generally regarded as the founder of Russian classical music. There you will find a large wall relief with a sculpted head of Glinka and the following saying: “It is the people that create the music. We musicians merely arrange it.”
To be a classical composer in 19th- and 20th-century Russia meant, above all, to be directly influenced by the country’s politics and culture. These pressures are not only reflected in the music but can also be seen significantly affecting the biographies of artists from this period. At Hörstudio III some of the most important Russian composers and their music will be introduced.