9780521480093

The Life of Musorgsky

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521480093

  • ISBN10:

    0521480094

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-10-13
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This is a brief biography of Russia's greatest musical dramatist, Modest Musorgsky (1839-1881), known the world over for his opera Boris Godunov, for his innovative realistic art songs, and for his pianistic work "Pictures at an Exhibition." Yet during his life Musorgsky had no institutional connections, no "degree," no family of his own, not even a permanent address. This book emphasizes the psychological and economic factors that contributed to the composer's remarkable autodidactic rise and tragic, premature end.

Author Biography

Caryl Emerson is A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
vi
Note on sources and translations viii
Acknowledgments ix
Preface xi
Childhood and youth, 1839--1856
1(25)
Apprenticeship in St. Petersburg, 1850s--1860s: composers' evenings and the commune
26(29)
Conservatories, ``circles,'' and Musorgsky at the far musical edge
55(26)
1868--1874: Musorgsky and Russian history
81(31)
The 1870s: Musorgsky and death
112(24)
Beyond tragedy: the final years
136(43)
Epilogue: the Musorgsky problem, then and now
157(12)
Musical postlude: Appraising the artistic product
169(10)
David Geppert
Notes 179(9)
Selected bibliography 188(2)
Index 190

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