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Berlioz Photo Album : Friends and acquaintances in Russia

Unless otherwise stated all pictures on Berlioz Photos page have been scanned from engravings, paintings, postcards and other publications in our own collection, including, on this page, Berlioz and the Romantic Imagination and Stasov’s Selected Essays on Music and various contemporary newspapers. All rights of reproduction reserved.

See also elsewhere on this site Berlioz in Russia and Russian Friends and Acquaintances

 

Balakirev

Mili Balakirev (1837-1910)

Composer and an admirer of Berlioz; Balakirev was the conductor of the Russian Musical Society at the time of Berlioz’s second visit to Russia. He was one of the well-known group of five Russian composers who met Berlioz during his second visit and whose works were greatly influenced by Berlioz’s music. The other four were Borodin, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov (see below)

 

Borodin

Alexander Porfyrevich Borodin (1833-1887)

 

César Cui (1835-1918)

 

Damcke

Berthold Damcke (1812-1875)

German musician and composer whom Berlioz first met in St Petersburg in 1847, and the two men became subsequently close friends. Damcke was one of Berlioz’s two testamentary executors.

 

Glinka

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804-1857)

Berlioz first met Glinka in 1831 in Rome and saw him again in Paris in 1844-1845. Berlioz attended a performance of  his first opera, A Life for the Tsar in Moscow. Berlioz had included Glinka’s music in his concerts at the Cirque Olympique in Paris in 1845.
The above lithograph is dated 1837 (artist unknown).

Glinka

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804-1857)

 

Glinka

Glinka Monument in St Petersburg

This monument, located on the Theatre Square, was inaugurated on 3 February 1906.

 

Lvov

General Alexei Fyodorovich Lvov (1799-1870)

Musician and composer, Lvov was director of the Imperial Chapel in St Petersburg; his close friendship with Berlioz, which started in 1847, lasted over 20 years until the end of the musical career of both men.
The above picture is courtesy of the Russian Anthems Museum located at www.hymn.ru/bozhe-tsarya-khrani.html

 

Mussorgsky

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

 

Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

The above engraving is dated 1889.

Odoievsky

Prince Vladimir Odoievsky (1801-1869)

Prince Odoievsky was an amateur musician and writer whom Berlioz first met during his 1847 visit to Russia.

 

Rubinstein

Anton Grigorievitch Rubinstein (1829-1894)

Berlioz met Rubinstein during his second visit to Russia; he was the director of St Petersburg Conservatoire until August 1867.
The date of the above engraving is 1886.

Stasov

Vladimir Vasilievich Stasov (1824-1906)

Stasov was one of Berlioz’s staunchest champions in Russia. Berlioz first met him in St Petersburg in 1847, and saw him again in Paris in 1862, but it was only in 1867-8 that they started to become closer. 
The above picture is courtesy of Berlioz and the Romantic Imagination (London: The Arts Council 1969).

 

Stasov

Vladimir Vasilievich Stasov (1824-1906)

The above portrait by Ilya Repin is courtesy of Vladimir Vasilievich Stasov, Selected Essays on Music. Translated by Florence Jonas (London, Barrie & Rockliff, The Creset Press, 1968).

 

Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Berlioz met Tchaikovsky during his second visit to Russia. The above postcard shows an 1867 photo.

 

Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

The above engraving is dated 1889.

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