Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov (1855 – 1914). A student and eventual colleague of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at St. Petersburg Conservatory, Anatoly Lyadov was quickly recognized by his elders as a brilliant new composer whose music bore a distinct nationalist character. Lyadov was handicapped, however, by an inborn indolence that ruined several of his best opportunities for advancement in his chosen field. Perhaps ironically, one of the last mistakes he made paved the way for another composer: when, in 1910, Lyadov failed to deliver a ballet score for Diaghilev, the impresario turned to a young composer who had been aching to try his hand at a ballet: Igor Stravinsky.
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