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The life of Musorgsky

Author: Caryl Emerson
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Series: Musical lives.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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." "In this brief biography, Caryl Emerson amends many of the canonical interpretations of Musorgsky as "victim," "martyr," and "savage genius." If his life was tragic,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky; M P Musorgskiı̆; Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky; Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky; Modeste Petrovitch Moussorgski
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Caryl Emerson
ISBN: 0521480094 9780521480093 052148507X 9780521485074
OCLC Number: 40200098
Description: 194 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Childhood and youth, 1839-1856 --
Apprenticeship in St. Petersburg, 1850s-1860s: composers' evenings and the commune --
Conservatories, "circles," and Musorgsky at the far musical edge --
1868-1874: Musorgsky and Russian history --
The 1870s: Musorgsky and death --
Beyond tragedy: the final years.
Series Title: Musical lives.
Responsibility: Caryl Emerson.
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This book, first published in 1999, is a biography of Russia's greatest musical dramatist, Modest Musorgsky (1839-81).  Read more...

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