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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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Eugene Onegin in the Age of Realism

Eugene Onegin in the Age of Realism

(p.58) 3 Eugene Onegin in the Age of Realism
Five Operas and a Symphony

Boris Gasparov

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Pyotr Ilyich's opera Eugene Onegin, which is based on Alexander Pushkin's novel. It suggests that though there were criticisms on the opera's occasional mishandling of Pushkin's text, its musical narrative struck a profound resonance with a public brought up on psychological novels and socially charged literary criticism. The chapter also highlights the importance of the emotional landscape created by the opera's music in sealing the fate of Eugene Onegin.

Keywords:   Eugene Onegin, Pyotr Ilyich Chaikovsky, Alexander Pushkin, musical narrative, psychological novels, literary criticism, opera

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