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

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I now feel this clearly, because I want to do things.--Do not consider this letter of mine as the Andante, judging by the emphasis at the beginning--as you might assume.--In the finale I'm still stuck in the second theme, the rascal simply won't come out, perhaps spring will force it out.--Kiss all of ours for me and don't forget the Linguist. I bow and press the hand of Malvinin Alcibiades [Cui]. Till the next letter, if it's not boring (if boring, tell me--I will take measures)--I wouldn't want you to think me a boring conversationalist in my letters.--I kiss you thrice, as always--write in detail about the affairs of the popular school.80


Respects to both Sofia Ivanovna and her husband; she is an ardent Catholic, and therefore believes that God has joined them together forever 〈inviolably〉 inseparably, so I won't have to separate them.

My address: In Pskov Province, Kholmsky County by way of the Tiapolovo Station, village of Volok, care of Natalia Yegorovna Kushelova, for delivery to me.--That will be more convenient, because I shall be here for a month.

28. To MILI BALAKIREV, St. Petersburg

31 March [1862] Village of Volok

As soon as I got settled in this country place, I wrote you, Mili. But I've had no answer from you. I remain ignorant of the reason for your silence--I write a second epistle.

The andante is ready. The allegro for the finale is being worked on; I imagine the birth pangs will come in the spring, so I must get ready to give birth. In the meantime I'm shaping a little D major

"It occurred to him [ Balakirev] to submit to Gavril Lomakin, the conductor of Count Sheremetyev's choir, the idea of founding a school of music where instrumentalists and singers would be educated free of charge and would provide an orchestra and choir for performances of music old and new, Russian and foreign. A concert was given on March 11, 1862, in aid of the scheme; . . . and the foundation of the school was officially announced a week later. Work began soon afterward with Lomakin as the head of the school and Balakirev as his assistant. The first batches of pupils were government officials, university students, tradespeople, workmen, and women belonging to an equally great variety of classes. Eagerness to join was so great that Sheremetyev once remarked 'This is like people rushing to church on a Sunday.'"-- M. D. Calvocoressi, "Mily Balakiref" in Masters of Russian Music.


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