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On this day, 6th of June, 1799, Alexander Pushkin was born in Moscow

#onthisday, 6th of June, 1799, Alexander Pushkin, the greatest Russian poet, was born in Moscow

His works became the basis for the librettos of some of the most popular Russian operas, such as Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin", "The Queen of Spades", "Mazeppa"; Rachmaninoff's "Aleko"; Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov"; Glinka's "Ruslan and Ludmila"; Rimsky-Korsakov's "Tale of Tsar Saltan", "The Golden Cockerel" and "Mozart and Salieri"; Stravinsky's "Mavra" and many others.

And, of course, his poems were set to music in countless art songs.


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