Modest Musorgsky and Boris Godunov: Myths, Realities, Reconsiderations

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - Music - 356 pages
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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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Contents

Tsar Boris in history
3
Musorgskys literary sources Karamzin and Pushkin
25
Narrative and musical synopsis of the opera
35
History of the composition rejection revision
67
A tale of two productions St Petersburg 18741882 Paris 1908
93
documents
127
selected texts in criticism
134
Part HI Interpretation
183
the 1980s and beyond
278
Notes
289
Discography
317
Select bibliography
324
Index
333
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