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Composer, violinist, musical theorist. Born in Reval in the family of writer and poet Fyodor Lvov (1799). Composed the music to the Imperial Russian national anthem God Save the Tsar with words by Vasily Zhukovsky (1833). Director of the Court Capella (1837–61). Helped Mikhail Glinka to create the first professional school of musical-instrumental art in Russia. Died in Romainiai near Kovno and buried at the Pažaislis Monastery in Kaunas (1870).