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- DescriptionModest 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 kwn for a single opera, Boris Goduv and a handful of eccentric 'realistic' songs set to prosaic Russian texts. He had institutional connections, 'degree', family of his own, t even a permanent address. Except for Franz Liszt, composer of stature knew of him outside Russia. Through the loyal (if controversial) intervention of his friends, his works survived in various editings into the early twentieth century, when revivals and evolving musical tastes restored him to new life. This account of his life, first published in 1999, emphasizes the psychological and ecomic factors that contributed to the composer's remarkable rise and tragic, premature end and is the first brief biography in English to make use of materials published in the new, de-Sovietized Russian academic climate.
- Author(s)Caryl Emerson
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication30/09/1999
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleMusical Lives
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note22 b/w illus.
- Weight280 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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