Born on 19 November 1859 in Gachina, the Russian composer Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov studied with Rimsky-Korsakov in St Petersburg. After the Revolution he was appointed head of the Moscow Conservatoire, and later directed the Moscow Opera. He wrote much music including six operas. He died in Moscow on 28 January 1935. Today he is best remembered for his Caucasian Sketches.
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