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Musorgsky : his life and works

Author: David Brown
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Series: The master musicians
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky; Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Brown
ISBN: 0199735522 9780199735525
OCLC Number: 437300048
Notes: List of works: p. 371-375.
Description: xvii, 391 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Childhood and early years --
The making of a composer I --
The making of a composer II --
The early songs I --
Salammbô --
The early songs II --
St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain: more songs --
The marriage: towards Boris --
Boris Godunov: composition and production --
Boris Godunov: the music --
Life alongside Boris I: The nursery completed --
Life alongside Boris II: Khovanshchina begun --
Two relationships: Pictures at an exhibition and Sunless --
Khovanshchina --
Songs and dances of death: last songs --
Sorochintsy Fair --
Final years --
Postlude: the century since.
Series Title: The master musicians
Responsibility: David Brown.

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This does a good job of putting those red-blooded melodies into context - from a childhood spent listening to his nurse's folk tales, to his death surrounded by unfinished potential masterpieces. * Read more...

 
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