Modest Musorgsky and Boris Godunov : Myths, Realities, Reconsiderations

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Modest Musorgsky and Boris Godunov : Myths, Realities, Reconsiderations

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521361934
  • DDC分類 782.1092

Full Description

Caryl 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.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Part I. Background: 1. Tsar Boris in history
2. Musorgsky's literary sources, Karamzin and
3. Narrative and musical synopsis of the opera
4. History of the composition, rejection,
revision, and acceptance of Boris Godunov
5. A tale of two productions - St. Petersburg
and Paris
Part II. Entr'acte: 6. Boris and the censor:
7. The opera through the years: selected texts
in criticism
Part III. Interpretation: 8. The Boris libretto
as a formal, literary and historical problem
9. The music
10. Boris Godunov during the jubilee decade
the 1980s and beyond
select bibliography.