Five influential Russian composers promoting Russian traditional music as opposed to the increasing Western European influences. The Russian "Kutchka" means "handful". Composer Balakirev took leadership, with Cui, Borodin, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov as other members.
- Balakirev, Milii (1837–1910)
- Borodin, Alexander Porfir’yevich (1833–1887)
- Cui, César Antonowich (1835–1918)
- Moussorgsky|Mussorgski, Modest (1839–1881)
- Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich (1844–1908)