Modest Musorgsky and Boris Godunov: Myths, Realities, Reconsiderations
Caryl Emerson, a literary specialist, and Robert William Oldani, a music historian, take a new and comprehensive look at the most famous Russian opera, Musorgsky's Boris Godunov. The result is both a historical study of a famous work and an interpretative piece of scholarship. The topics discussed include: the "Boris Tale" in history, the strange story of the opera's composition and revision, its first productions at home and abroad, and an in-depth musical analysis. In the process, several frequent errors in Musorgsky scholarship are clarified and corrected. The volume contains a selection of classic texts in criticism, numerous production photographs, a bibliography and discography.
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Tsar Boris in history
Musorgskys literary sources Karamzin and Pushkin
Narrative and musical synopsis of the opera
History of the composition rejection revision
A tale of two productions St Petersburg 18741882 Paris 1908
selected texts in criticism
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