Incorporating both new and now-classic essays, this book sets the vocal works of Modest Musorgsky in a fully detailed cultural, political, and historical context. From this perspective, Richard Taruskin revises fundamentally the composer's historical and artistic image, in particular debunking the century-old dogmas of Vladimir Stasov, Musorgsky's first biographer. Among the book's many offerings are the most complete explanation of the revision of the opera Boris Godunov, and a revisionary characterization of Khovanshchina as an aristocratic tragedy informed by a pessimistic view of history."It takes a critic of Mr. Taruskin's wide sympathies and musical acumen to steer through such rocky artistic and philosophical straits. It is unlikely that this year will see the publication of a more engrossing or more valuable book about music." Donald Henahan, The New York Times Book Review"The merit of Taruskin's essays lies in his clear, highly readable style, which constantly keeps the reader's interest.... A major achievement." Opera News"Richard Taruskin's ... book reaffirms his position as the pre-eminent American historian of Russian music. He is the scholar who pursues the `real Musorgsky' with beguiling zest, deep erudition, abiding philology, and thoroughly appropriate irreverence." Thomas P. Hodge, The New Republic
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Richard Taruskin is Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Opera and Drama in Russia, Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions, and a new book with Princeton University Press, Defining Russia Musically (see page 11 of this catalog).