The son of a Napoleanic French officer living in Russia and a Lithuanian woman, César Antonovich Cui (1835-1918) became part of the Moguchaya Kuchka (Mighty Heap) of Russian composers. Balakirev, Borodin, Cui, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov were known as the "babocumuri" in mnemonic acronym. He was largely self-taught but ended up writing operas and choral, orchestral, chamber, solo vocal, and piano works.
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Classical Archives: César Cui
Biography and music files offered in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings by featured artist.
Cui, Cesar (1835-1918)
Biographical sketch, caricature, comments on operas, orchestral, chamber, vocal, and choral music, and Naxos discography.
Cui, César (1835 - 1918), Russia
Biographical data, recommended CDs, books and sheet music, bibliography, and links to biographical essays.
César Antonovich Cui
Musicweb article by Bhagwan N. Thadani examines his unique position as a son of a Napoleanic officer growing up and composing in Russia.
César Antonovich Cui (1835-1918)
Extensive list of songs and song cycles from recmusic.org, many with Russian or French texts, some having English translations.
Wikipedia article summarizing his life and linking him to related people and topics.
Grave of Cesar Cui
Picture of tombstone with link to list of other notable interments in the Alexander Nevsky Monastery cemetery in St. Petersburg. From Find a Grave.
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