The Life of Musorgsky / Edition 1

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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.

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'Emerson's biography seamlessly combines imaginative and reliable scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement

' ... if you want serious reflection and food for thought in what is far more than a mere chronicle, then Emerson is a historically reliable, aesthetically curious companion.' David Nice BBC Music Magazine

'Emerson manages to flesh out the man's character and to offer plausible theories as to the reasons for Musorgsky's decline.' The Musical Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521485074
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2012
  • Series: Musical Lives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,169,424
  • 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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