Modest Musorgsky and Boris Godunov
Myths, Realities, Reconsiderations
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Modest Musorgsky and Boris Godunov by Caryl Emerson
Book DescriptionCaryl Emerson (a literary specialist) and Robert William Oldani (a music historian) take a comprehensive look at the most famous Russian opera, Modest 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; Karamzin's history and Pushkin's drama as literary sources; Musorgsky's innovations as a librettist and as a theorist of the sung Russian word; 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 often-met errors in Musorgsky scholarship are clarified and corrected. A final chapter speculates on the opera's themes of political murder, guilt and legitimacy - so important to Russian literary and national identity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - and the new role the 'Boris plot' and its composer might come to play in more recent phases of Russian cultural life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521369763
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature, Hardback (July 2008)
An engaging overview of the Russian literary tradition, with a glossary and guide to further reading.
First Hundred Years of Mikhail Bakhtin, Paperback (March 2000)
Among Western critics, Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) needs no introduction. His name has been invoked in literary and cultural studies across the ideological spectrum, from old-fashioned humanist to structuralist to postmodernist. This title examines the role of his ideas in the post-Stalinist revival of the Russian literary profession.
Life of Musorgsky, Paperback (September 1999)» View all books by Caryl Emerson
This book, first published in 1999, is a biography of Russia's greatest musical dramatist, Modest Musorgsky (1839-81).
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