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Author : David Brown
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 411 pages
File Size : 50,6 Mb
Release : 2010-05-14
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780199772926

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Modest Musorgsky was one of the towering figures of nineteenth-century Russian music. Now, in this new volume in the Master Musicians series, David Brown gives us the first life-and-works study of Musorgsky to appear in English for over a half century. Indeed, this is the largest such study of Musorgsky to have appeared outside Russia. Brown shows how Musorgsky, though essentially an amateur with no systematic training in composition, emerged in his first opera, Boris Godunov, as a supreme musical dramatist. Indeed, in this opera, and in certain of his piano pieces in Pictures at an Exhibition, Musorgsky produced some of the most startlingly novel music of the whole nineteenth century. He was also one of the most original of all song composers, with a prodigious gift for uncovering the emotional content of a text. As Brown illuminates Musorgsky's work, he also paints a detailed portrait of the composer's life. He describes how, unlike the systematic and disciplined Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky was a fitful composer. When the inspiration was upon him, he could apply himself with superhuman intensity, as he did when composing the initial version of Boris Godunov. Sadly, Musorgsky deteriorated in his final years, suffering periods of inner turmoil, when his alcoholism would be out of control. Finally, unemployed and all but destitute, he died at age forty-two. His failure to complete his two remaining operas, Khovanshchina and Sorochintsy Fair, Brown concludes, is one of music's greatest tragedies. Written by one of the leading authorities on nineteenth-century Russian composers, Musorgsky is the finest available biography of this giant of Russian music.

Musorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Author : Michael Russ
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 124 pages
File Size : 43,9 Mb
Release : 1992-08-28
Category : Music
ISBN : 0521386071

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Modest Musorgsky and Boris Godunov

Author : Caryl Emerson,Robert William Oldani
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 362 pages
File Size : 48,5 Mb
Release : 2006-11-02
Category : Music
ISBN : 0521369762

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Modest Musorgsky and Boris Godunov by Caryl Emerson,Robert William Oldani Pdf

Caryl Emerson and Robert Oldani take a comprehensive look at the most famous Russian opera, Modest Musorgsky's Boris Godunov.


Author : Richard Taruskin
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Page : 452 pages
File Size : 55,9 Mb
Release : 2021-01-12
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780691224060

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"It is [a] fully illuminated story that Richard Taruskin, in the path-breaking essays collected here, unfolds around Modest Musorgsky, Russia's greatest national composer. . . . [Taruskin's] tour de force comes with a frontal attack on all the Soviet-bred truisms that for a century have refashioned Musorgsky from what the evidence suggests he was—an aristocrat with an early clinical interest in true-to-life musical portraiture and a later penchant for drinking partners who were both folklore buffs and political reactionaries democrat."—from the foreword Incorporating both new and now-classic essays, this book for the first time sets the vocal works of Modest Musorgsky in a fully detailed cultural, political, and historical context. From this perspective, Richard Taruskin revises fundamentally the composer's historical and artistic image, in particular debunking the century-old dogmas of Vladimir Stasov, Musorgsky's first biographer. Here the author offers the most complete explanation of the revision of the opera Boris Godunov, compares it to contemporaneous operas by Chaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, advances a revisionary characterization of Khovanshchina as an aristocratic tragedy informed by a pessimistic view of history, discusses Musorgsky's use of folklore, and, focusing on Sorochintsi Fair, brings to a climax his refutation of Musorgsky as a protorevolutionary populist. The epilogue is a survey of revisionary productions of Musorgsky's works at home during the Gorbachev era.

The Life of Musorgsky

Author : Caryl Emerson
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 220 pages
File Size : 43,6 Mb
Release : 1999-09-30
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 052148507X

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The Life of Musorgsky by Caryl Emerson Pdf

Modest Musorgsky is Russia's greatest musical dramatist. When he died in 1881 in St Petersburg at the age of forty-two, in poverty and relative obscurity, he was known for a single opera, Boris Godunov and a handful of eccentric 'realistic' songs set to prosaic Russian texts. He had no institutional connections, no 'degree', no family of his own, not even a permanent address. Except for Franz Liszt, no composer of stature knew of him outside Russia. Through the loyal (if controversial) intervention of his friends, his works survived in various editings into the early twentieth century, when revivals and evolving musical tastes restored him to new life. This account of his life, first published in 1999, emphasizes the psychological and economic factors that contributed to the composer's remarkable rise and tragic, premature end and is the first brief biography in English to make use of materials published in the new, de-Sovietized Russian academic climate.

Musorgsky and His Circle

Author : Stephen Walsh
Publisher : Faber & Faber
Page : 509 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 2013-11-05
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780571311149

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Musorgsky and His Circle by Stephen Walsh Pdf

The extraordinary group of Russian composers who came together in St Petersburg in the 1860s - long known as 'The Mighty Handful', but, as the moguchaya kuchka, better translated as 'the great little heap' - gave rise to one of the most fascinating and colourful stories in all musical history. Stephen Walsh, author of a major biography of their direct successor, Stravinsky, has written an absorbing account of Musorgsky and his circle - Borodin, Cui, Balakirev and Rimsky-Korsakov. With little or no musical education they created works of lasting significance - Musorgsky's Boris Godunov, Borodin's Prince Igor and Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade. Written with deep understanding and panache, The Kuchka, is highly engaging and a significant contribution to cultural history.


Author : Michel D. Calvocoressi
Publisher : London : K. Paul, Trench, Trubner ; New York : E.P. Dutton
Page : 238 pages
File Size : 51,9 Mb
Release : 1919
Category : Composers
ISBN : UOM:39015007890232

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Musorgsky's Days and Works

Author : Aleksandra Anatolʹevna Orlova
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 728 pages
File Size : 55,7 Mb
Release : 1983
Category : Composers
ISBN : UOM:39015007890372

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Musorgsky's Days and Works by Aleksandra Anatolʹevna Orlova Pdf

Biografie, samengesteld uit teksten, verschenen tussen 1828 en 1881, over de Russische componist (1839-1881)

Nicolas Slonimsky: Early articles for the Boston evening transcript

Author : Nicolas Slonimsky
Publisher : Psychology Press
Page : 197 pages
File Size : 41,7 Mb
Release : 2004
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780415968652

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Annotation Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995) was an influential and celebrated writer on music. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1894, in his 101 years he taught and coached music; conducted the premieres of several 20th century masterpieces; composed works for piano and voice; and oversaw the 5th-8th editions of the classicBaker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Beginning in 1926, Slonimsky resided in the United States. From his arrival, he wrote provocative articles on contemporary music and musicians, many of whom were his personal friends. Working as a freelance author, he built a large file of reviews, articles, and even manuscripts for books that were never published. This is the first volume of a 4 volume collection on the best of this material.

Jewish Identities

Author : Klara Moricz
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Page : 468 pages
File Size : 45,8 Mb
Release : 2008-02-05
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0520933680

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Jewish Identities by Klara Moricz Pdf

Jewish Identities mounts a formidable challenge to prevailing essentialist assumptions about "Jewish music," which maintain that ethnic groups, nations, or religious communities possess an essence that must manifest itself in art created by members of that group. Klára Móricz scrutinizes concepts of Jewish identity and reorders ideas about twentieth-century "Jewish music" in three case studies: first, Russian Jewish composers of the first two decades of the twentieth century; second, the Swiss American Ernest Bloch; and third, Arnold Schoenberg. Examining these composers in the context of emerging Jewish nationalism, widespread racial theories, and utopian tendencies in modernist art and twentieth-century politics, Móricz describes a trajectory from paradigmatic nationalist techniques, through assumptions about the unintended presence of racial essences, to an abstract notion of Judaism.

Nikolay Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov

Author : Gerald Seaman
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 408 pages
File Size : 53,5 Mb
Release : 2014-12-17
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781317646181

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Nikolay Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov by Gerald Seaman Pdf

Nikolay Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov: A Research and Information Guide, Second Edition is an annotated bibliography of all substantial, relevant published resources relating to the Russian composer. First published in 1988, this revised and expanded volume incorporates new information about the composer appearing over the last two decades, including literary publications, articles and reviews. Other sections provide a brief biographical sketch, selective discography, chronology and list of Rimsky-Korsakov’s works.

Historical Dictionary of Russian Music

Author : Daniel Jaffé
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Page : 563 pages
File Size : 41,8 Mb
Release : 2022-02-15
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781538130087

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Historical Dictionary of Russian Music by Daniel Jaffé Pdf

Historical Dictionary of Russian Music, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 600 cross-referenced entries for each of Russia’s major performing organizations and performance venues, and on specific genres such as ballet, film music, symphony and church music.

Musorgsky's Boris Gudunov and Its New Version

Author : Viktor Beli︠a︡ev
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 80 pages
File Size : 46,7 Mb
Release : 1928
Category : Electronic
ISBN : UCAL:B4428555

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Representing Russia's Orient

Author : Adalyat Issiyeva
Publisher : AMS Studies in Music
Page : 433 pages
File Size : 43,9 Mb
Release : 2020
Category : Art
ISBN : 9780190051365

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Representing Russia's Orient by Adalyat Issiyeva Pdf

Building on long-forgotten archives and detailed case studies, Representing Russia's Orient reveals how complex representations of oriental subjects in nineteenth-century Russian art music, which often merged elements of East and West, contributed to the formation of Russia's national identity.

Collaborative Creative Thought and Practice in Music

Author : Margaret S. Barrett
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 328 pages
File Size : 49,8 Mb
Release : 2016-05-23
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781317164432

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Collaborative Creative Thought and Practice in Music by Margaret S. Barrett Pdf

The notion of the individual creator, a product in part of the Western romantic ideal, is now troubled by accounts and explanations of creativity as a social construct. While in collectivist cultures the assimilation (but not the denial) of individual authorship into the complexities of group production and benefit has been a feature, the notion of the lone individual creator has been persistent. Systems theories acknowledge the role of others, yet at heart these are still individual views of creativity - focusing on the creative individual drawing upon the work of others rather than recognizing the mutually constitutive elements of social interactions across time and space. Focusing on the domain of music, the approach taken in this book falls into three sections: investigations of the people, processes, products, and places of collaborative creativity in compositional thought and practice; explorations of the ways in which creative collaboration provides a means of crossing boundaries between disciplines such as music performance and musicology; and studies of the emergence of creative thought and practice in educational contexts including that of the composer and the classroom. The volume concludes with an extended chapter that reflects on the ways in which the studies reported advance understandings of creative thought and practice. The book provides new perspectives to our understandings of the role of collaborative thought and processes in creative work across the domain of music including: composition, musicology, performance, music education and music psychology.