The formation was dated in 1856 all of which started so young and were basically amateur back then, just relied on self-training and improvement.
They faced a lot of opposition, heavy criticisms and mockeries from the Russian Musical Society yet the group remained steadfast in their artistic collaboration aimed to create a distinct genre of Russian classical music.
"The Five” also incorporated sounds that were engraved with the Russian lifestyle. They stayed out of any elite court connections as they want their movement to be more classical and authentically Russian.
They succeeded to produce radical melodies and had greatly influenced legendary musical composers like Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
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