César Cui

Russian Born 18 Jan 1835 Died 26 Mar 1918

The Russian composer and critic, César Cui, was the son of a French officer who had remained in Russia after the retreat of Napoleon in 1812.

He studied at St. Petersburg where he became a professor and expert in fortification at the Academy of Military Engineering.

He subsequently became a member of the group of Russian composers known as the Mighty Handful, or the Five (with Borodin, Rimski-Korsakov, Balakirev and Moussorgsky).

He is chiefly remembered for his colourful short piano pieces and as a critic who was often harsh and intolerant in his judgements.

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