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Five Operas and a SymphonyWord and Music in Russian Culture$
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Boris Gasparov

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106503

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106503.001.0001

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Introduction: In the Shadow of Literature

Introduction: In the Shadow of Literature

(p.xiii) Introduction: In the Shadow of Literature
Five Operas and a Symphony

Boris Gasparov

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the influence of literary and historical texts on musical composition in Russia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This volume examines the problem arising from the relation between the voice of Russian music and its message and the consequences of the ideological and textual dependence of Russian music on historical and literary consciousness. It analyzes several relevant works. These include Mikhail Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila, Modest Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina and Boris Godunov, Pyotr Ilyich's Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony.

Keywords:   musical composition, Russia, Russian music, historical texts, literary texts, Mikhail Glinka, Modest Mussorgsky, Pyotr Ilyich Chaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich

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