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Prior to the 1830s Russian opera and classical music was largely uninspired and derivative of Western works While Italian and German music was well-known and enjoyed in Russia the country had no distinctive classical musical style to call its own Mikhail Glinka commonly considered the father of Russian classical music changed that Glinkas compositions were powerful and distinctive incorporating elements of Russian folk music Glinka kick-started the development of the Russian Art Music style which integrated components characteristic of Russian folk music and church hymns into classical music He went on to become part of the Russian Five a nationalist music group which utilized the Russian folk style which was in itself influenced by polysylballic Russian speech patterns heavily in their compositionsThe Romanov dynasty beginning with the 1613 election of Tsar Michael Romanov and ending with the 1917 revolution during the reign of Tsar Nicholas II was deeply nationalist in character with a primary objective of the state throughout the dynasty being for Russia to become one of the most powerful European nations a difficult task considering that for much of this time Russia was far less advanced as a state than its European neighbors Eventually for a brief time the Romanovs various legislation aimed at improving Russias economy and military paid off when the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte attempted to invade the country and was defeated by the Russian Army which had seen improvement over years of Romanov legislation preventing social stratification and forcing great sacrifice from the peasant populace After this accomplishment Russia was seen at last as one of Europes great powersThe Industrial Revolution Depowers RussiaIn the wake of the defeat of Napoleon Russia was seen by most as the most powerful continental European nation However all that changed with the Industrial Revolution While the Industrial Revolution was beneficial to practically every country it touched it effectively weakened Russia because it did not reach the nation until long after the economies of
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