Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is mainly known for his symphonic works, especially the popular symphonic suite Sheherazade. He left an oeuvre that also included operas, chamber works, and songs. His music demonstrates brilliant orchestrations. His operas are masterful musical evocations of myths and legends. Born in 1844, he studied the piano as a child but chose a naval career in 1856. He continued piano lessons. In 1859, he started working with a French pianist through whom he met Balakirev.