It is clear that until he met Balakirev in 1862 there was never any serious conflict between duty and inclination.
I have had a letter from Balakirev scolding me because I am doing nothing.
After greeting us all round, Balakirev gravitated almost immediately to the piano.
He accepted, and named Laroche and Balakirev as his coadjutors.
If, on this account, we are thought to have separated from Balakirev, fortunately it is not the case.
As a matter of fact he is hesitating between Benckendorff, Balakirev and Bomboudia.
The musical gift of the latter was more lyrical than any of his fellow students' at Balakirev's.
The following letter from Balakirev, dated 1882, led him to choose this subject for a symphonic work.
Cui first met Balakirev in 1856, and was introduced by him to Dargomijsky.
Balakirev could not realise this, and was disenchanted by the gradual neglect of his co-operative ideal.