Sergey Taneyev was born today, November 25, 1856 in Vladimir, Russia. He died on June 19, 1915, leaving an important legacy in Russian music, especially in his expertly crafted chamber music. He was also known for being a master contrapuntalist (Taneyev studied counterpoint obsessively for years) and a close friend of Tchaikovsky, one of Taneyev's biggest advocates. The so-called "Mighty Five" Nationalist composers were perpetually puzzled by Taneyev's music, and were openly hostile to what they perceived as Tchaikovsky’s and Taneyev’s Western, "cosmopolitan leanings". Taneyev's Quintets are in my opinion some of his finest chamber works.