The Life of Musorgsky / Edition 1

The Life of Musorgsky / Edition 1

by Caryl Emerson
     
 

ISBN-10: 052148507X

ISBN-13: 9780521485074

Pub. Date: 12/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521485074
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2012
Series:
Musical Lives Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
987,287
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Childhood and youth (1839–56); 2. Apprenticeship in Petersburg, 1850–60s: composers' evenings and the commune; 3. Conservatories, 'circles', and Musorgsky at the musical edge; 4. 1868–74: Musorgsky and Russian history; 5. The 1870s: Musorgsky and death; 6. Beyond tragedy: the final years; Epilogue: the Musorgsky problem, then and now; Musical appendix: what to look for in Musorgsky's style.

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