The Musorgsky Reader: A Life of Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky in Letters and Documents

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so absent-minded all week, and secondly--if you write any time from the eighth or ninth through the twenty-fifth, use this address: in Novgorod Prov., Tikhvin County, Nikolai Alexeyevich Burtzov, for delivery to us.


7. To MILI BALAKIREV, Nizhni Novgorod

[Postmarked: 13 August, 1858 St. Petersburg]

MOST PRECIOUS MILI,

Nothing can be more unbearable than absent-mindedness, and if to this is added confusion, then one is already done for. 18 I am in complete ignorance about you, and I have only myself to blame for this, for asking you to address your letters between the tenth and the twenty-fifth of July to Novgorod Province, and on the twenty-third of July I left there, so it is very possible that your letter is waiting there; at any rate I comfort myself with this possibility and I don't want to think that anything bad has happened to you.--Whether or not this is the case, I write you now, wishing to have in your absence at least this way of talking with you. Kito and I had a marvelous time in the country; there was a folk festival in honor of the wedding, and it was a splendid festival.--On this occasion I finally decided to write the sonata in E-flat major and dedicate it to the newlyweds; and by the way, here are the themes for you.

Introduction to the finale

Scherzo

You already know this,

First theme of the allegro finale.

____________________
18
See Letter 15 for Musorgsky's actual mental state this summer.

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