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Composer, founder of the Russian national school of opera. Born in the village of Novospasskoe in Smolensk Province in the family of retired army captain Ivan Glinka (1804). Director of the Court Capella (from 1837). Helped to create the first professional school of musical-instrumental art in Russia. Composed the operas A Life for the Tsar (1836) and Ruslan and Lyudmila (1842). Died of a cold in Berlin and buried in the Russisch-Orthodoxer Friedhof at 37 Wittestraße in Tegel (1857), reburied at the St Alexander Nevsky Monastery in St Petersburg (1857).