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

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harmful consequences, plan to sit at home and rest a little, I beg you not to count on me for Undine.15

I tell you about this in advance, so that those who should know will know about it, and also so that no quid pro quo will arise from it.

MODESTE MUSORGSKY

Thursday, 16 January [1864, St. Petersburg]

P.S. Could you obtain for me the 2nd song of Bayan; I should like to go over it during the coming week with the Cossack. 16

Musorgsky was promoted to assistant head clerk of the Engineering Department's barracks division on January 20, 1864.


34. To MILI BALAKIREV

3 May. Sun. [1864]

MILI,

Yesterday I met Dargomizhsky, from whom I learned the following: Firstly, L[ubov] F. Miller has married Engelhardt, le dit ami du compositeur; the formal ceremony will be held at St. Simeon's.--Dargomizhsky is in a state of bliss.17

Secondly, and this is the primary aim of my letter, Dargomizhsky asked me to tell you that in Leipzig there is a man named Brendel18 --a German who has some influence there in a certain 〈well-known〉 musical circle and who very much wants to have some Russian works. --Wouldn't you agree to send him one of your compositions?

Not knowing the day of your departure, I hasten to inform you of Dargomizhsky's proposition and I don't believe it would be bad for you yourself to stop in on that man who is now freed from earthly chains.--This is only in case you agree to be shown to the Germans; if you do not agree (which I foresee) just write me one word, "no"--

____________________
15
Alexei Lvov's opera ( 1846), revived at the Marinsky on January 8, 1864.
16
The song is from Glinka Ruslan and Ludmila, but the "Cossack" singer remains a mystery.
17
Apparently love had departed from the relationship between Lubov Miller and Dargomizhsky--departed from it so completely that Musorgsky describes Dargo's state of mind after Lubov's marriage to Engelhardt not only as "bliss," but also as "freed from earthly chains." Vasili Petrovich Engelhardt was a friend of both Glinka and Dargomizhsky--and an amateur astronomer.
18
Karl Franz Brendel was the editor of the influential Neue Zeitschrift für Musik.

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