produced so wonderful an effect on me that I gave it a place among
the first class of symphonic dramas for its truth and full sensuous impression.--Well, I'm unable to express all I feel--I firmly press your
hand. MODESTE MUSORGSKY
34a. CESAR CUI to MILI BALAKIREV [Extracts] St. Petersburg. June 14, 1864. . . Modinka--is resurrected. He's at my place weekly. He's composed two songs and Nekrasov Kalistratushka, a tableau de genre
musicale. There's a new musical form for you. All this is not devoid
of good turns, harmonies, thoughts, but as a whole--it's rather ridiculous . . . August 15, 1864. . . You are too hard on Modinka. To be indignant with him is
impossible, but not to pity him is difficult. I sympathize with him in
his avoidance of Zakharin; that's a terrific chatterer capable of making
anyone shiver; but in his [ Modinka's] work, of course, I don't believe . . .
35. To MILI BALAKIREV[ St. Petersburg, end of February, 1865]MILI,The program of the Thursday concert on February 20 [actually
given February 29] will be as follows:
|Symph. (C minor) by Spohr|
|Excerpt from Lélio by Berlioz|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Musorgsky Reader:A Life of Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky in Letters and Documents.
Contributors: Jay Leyda - Translator, Sergei Bertensson - Translator, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Author.
Publisher: W.W. Norton.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1947.
Page number: 64.
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