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

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Extract from the Diary of Nadezhda Purgold. . . I'm sure that some of Musorgsky's works would not have been written if it weren't for Sasha. Without himself realizing it, he wrote his children [ The Nursery] because of her, and for her, because he very well knew that no one else could do them as they should be done. She inspires others by her performance . . .
72. To MALVINA CUI
Thursday 1 July [ 1871, Petenburg]Dearest lady, because of my brother's arrival in Peter for two or three days, on business, I can't take advantage of your joyous summons for Friday, as Brother is staying with me and part of the business that brings him concerns both of us. Your errand at Bessel's is carried out: he is planning a good thing,62 about which we will talk fully when we meet, which let us hope, will be soon, with your kind permission, because you well know: I feel comfortable at your home and with you.Your soul'sMODESTEI could smack dear Alexander63 on that place which doesn't hurt now.--I greet the dottore [Hubner].
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[ July-August, 1871]MUSORGSKYThe first composition, published, to the author's regret, by Bernard in 1852, was "Porte-enseigne Polka," dedicated to his comrades of the Cadet School (the author was 13 years old).
1856 An attempt to write an opera on the subject of V. Hugo "Han d'Islande"--nothing came of this, because nothing could come of it--(the author was 17 years old).
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Bessel project to publish a magazine, Muzikalni Listok, was realized in September 1872.
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It is to Alexander Cui--now one year old--that "Going to Sleep," No. 5 of The Nursery, is dedicated.
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Ludmila Shestakova asked all members of the Balakirev Circle--Balakirev, Cui, Borodin, Musorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov--for catalogues of their works. Musorgsky provided not only his own, but Cui's as well (omitted in this volume), and Rimsky-Korsakov prepared dilatory Borodin's as well as his own.

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