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Posted by on Aug 27, 2010 in The Voice Box | 1 comment

Musical Term of the Week

Musical Term of the Week

by Melissa Wimbishwu-tang

So, is this where the Wu-Tang Clan found the template for their hip-hop empire?

Kutchka – The Russian name given to five composers  of Russian nationality active in the 19th century. They were credited with proclaiming the virtues of the Russian land, using as their inspiration the somber, mysterious Russian church music  and Russian folk tunes, thus developing their own nationalistic style and rejecting the Western stylistic views. The group originally had several more members and was given the name “Moguchaya Kutchka” (The Mighty Handful) by a Russian music critic in 1867. By 1875, the Kutchka  or the “The Five” consisted of Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest Musorgsky, and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. (Definition provided by Virginia Tech Music Dictionary)

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1 Comment

  1. Very interesting. So, I suppose Tschaikovsky was too late (in time) to be part of the Kutchka. You are fonts of info and I learn something new every time I stop by.

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