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St.Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow - Photograph courtesy of Dr. Michael NielsenMoscow is one of the most important cities in the history of art and music. Local sites such as the Red Square, St.Basil’s Cathedral, the famous 16th century gem of Russian Architecture, and the Kremlin, the former residence of Russian czars, and an architectural ensemble of unique beauty, are famous all over the world. But Moscow is also full of museums and cultural sites, such as the Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture, which is unique for its great collection of musical instruments of all times and nations, all in working order. The museum has a concert hall where one can enjoy music of different periods. In another part of the city, you will also be amazed by the size of the world’s largest Czar Bell from the 18th century.

Many Russian composers lived in Moscow during the years, such as Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Scriabin(the house where used to live last three gears of his life is now the state Memorial Scriabin Museum (Vakhtangov street 11)). Some of them taught in the Moscow Conservatory, and Rachmaninoff studied here. The Ballet and Opera shows of The Bolshoi Theatre are famous all over the world, so you might like to spend an evening there. In the world famous state Tretyakov Gallery you will find some beautiful portraits of the most important Russian composers, such as Nikolay Rimsky-KorsakovNikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1898) by Valentin Serov, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow and MussorgskyMussorgsky 10 before his death (1881) by Repin, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

And if you would like to visit some graves of famous composers, in the Novo-Devichy (Nowodjewchij) Cemetery you will see Prokofiev's grave, and those of Shostakovich and Scriabin.

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