Interesting Tidbit of Music History and Appreciation
shared with us by Protopsalti John-Peter Presson
... Just for information, Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov was a composer of a "school" of composers called the Mighty Handful (Bakakirev, Rimski Kosakov, Mussorsky, Cui, and Borodin) -Russian composers that were steering away from the European Romanticism of Tsaikovski and more to using actual themes from Russian cultural and religious musical subjects.
Rimsky-Korsakov - Russian Paschal Festival Overture, Op. 36 has themes from the Paschal Service interwoven.
p.s. A big theme in RimskyKorsakov's music was easternism and non-western scales – as one can hear approximation of this in the Sheharizad Suite(Hans Zimmer's film music masters class ad is interesting too, but that's beside the point.)