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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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“Popolo di Pekino”: Musorgsky's Muscovy in Early Twentieth-Century Europe

“Popolo di Pekino”: Musorgsky's Muscovy in Early Twentieth-Century Europe

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Five Operas and a Symphony

Boris Gasparov

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Modest Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov. It discusses how the opera became a tangible presence in the culture of European modernism. It also explains that it took time for Mussorgsky's innovative dramatic design to be adapted in Western theater and it was Giacomo Puccini's Turandot that introduced a Musorgskian unruly crowd to the Western musical drama.

Keywords:   Boris Godunov, Modest Mussorgsky, opera, European modernism, soloists, dramatic design, Giacomo Puccini, Turandot, Western musical drama

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