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Union Navy
07-20-2011, 03:52 PM
It appears that, early in his naval and musical career, Russian composer and orchestrator Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov visited the US along with the Russian Atlantic Fleet in 1863. He was a midshipman on the Imperial Russian clipper Almaz, and even found time to visit Niagara Falls.

http://feefhs.org/members/blitz/1863-1864.html

Old Cremona
07-25-2011, 10:56 PM
Love the music and history of The Five. Mussorgsky especially (also a Naval cadet before he settled on a career of drinking), but all of them contributed so much to the vibrant culture of Tsarist Russia. I had no idea Rimsky-Korsakov was a part of the Atlantic Fleet, and know very little about that episode in general, so thanks for posting that.