November 30, 1952
V.Ya. Bogolyubov and V.I. Ingal / MA Shepilevsky
The decision to install a monument to the outstanding Russian composer Nikolai Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) was made in 1944, to the centenary of his birth.
It was decided to place the monument on Theatre Square, near the building of the conservatory, where the composer worked for almost 40 years, and to which in 1944 was given the name of Rimsky-Korsakov. The monument that was opened in November 1952 shows the composer at work, sitting with the score on his lap.
A commemorative inscription was stamped on the pedestal that is made of the polished red Valaam granite. It says: «To Nikolai Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov». Part of the granite blocks for the pedestal was taken from the base of the monument to Emperor Alexander III that was located on the square near the Moscowsky railway station. The station was disassembled in 1937.