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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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Farewell to the Enchanted Garden: Pushkin, Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila, and Nicholas's Russia

Farewell to the Enchanted Garden: Pushkin, Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila, and Nicholas's Russia

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(p.23) 2 Farewell to the Enchanted Garden: Pushkin, Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila, and Nicholas's Russia
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Five Operas and a Symphony
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Boris Gasparov

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106503.003.0003

This chapter examines Mikhail Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila which was based on Alexander Pushkin's epic poem. It suggests that while the opera contains superb pieces including the Persian chorus, the Finn's ballade, and Blackamoor's march, it could never achieve success in the world's operatic stage because it poses overly taxing demands on both the theater and the audience. It also explains that the opera became a staple of the Russian operatic repertory after it was on the stage of the Mariinsky theater in 1871 with sets modeled on those of the Prague production.

Keywords:   Ruslan and Ludmila, Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Pushkin, opera, Persian chorus, Finn's ballade, Blackmoor's mach, Russian operatic repertory

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