Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
18 March 1844 - 21 June 1908

Rimsky-Korsakov's gravestone, St Petersburg, Russia

Photos of Rimsky-Korsakov's gravestone
Tikhvin Cemetery,
Alexander Nevsky Monastery,
St Petersburg, Russia
Taken 15 July 2002 © by Kim Headlee

The gravestone of my great-great-grand uncle Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov stands in gentle contrast to the black marble used for other composers reposing in the same cemetery, such as Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Mussorgsky and Glinka. For a larger image, click here. Differences between dates embossed on the memorial and those commonly reported are due to the fact that the memorial has recorded the dates by the Julian calendar, an Orthodox Christian tradition.

Rimsky-Korsakov's gravestone, St Petersburg, Russia

This angle shows the plaque for Nikolai's wife, who survived him by 11 years. Many thanks to musicologist Dr. Lyle Neff at the University of Delaware for deciphering her name, Nadezhda Nikolayevna Rimskaya Korsakova (maiden name Purgol'd). For a larger image, click here. Acording to Dr. Neff's entry titled "Rimsky-Korsakov. Russian family of musicians" in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Second Edition (London: Macmillan, 2001), Nadezhda was an accomplished musician in her own right and proved to be an invaluable musical partner of Nikolai's throughout his career.
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Attention, Musical Score Collectors

After having received numerous requests for finding copies of Rimsky-Korsakov's musical scores, I have located a fantastic source: Elibron.

This site features more than 40,000 musical scores, including many of Rimsky-Korsakov's works. Most of them are facsimile reprints, but as such they are quite inexpensive (the operas, for example, fall in the $8-$12 range for vocal-piano scores), and Elibron offers preview pages so you can judge the facsimile quality for yourself.

I get nothing for directing you to this site except the pleasure of helping a fellow Rimsky-Korsakov fan!

Please note: “Life” has intervened in the upkeep of my book & music listings, so I have taken them down for the time being.

That said, I would be utterly remiss if I didn't plug Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Russian Easter Overture audio CD reissue of performances conducted by the legendary Leopold Stowkowski. "Russian Easter Overture" (sometimes also titled "Russian Easter Festival Overture") is my favorite piece of music, by any composer of any era. And I'm right fond of the second movement of Scheherezade, commonly titled "The Kalendar Prince." The audio download may be purchased here.


Revised 17 March 2013