30 January, '73
MY DEAR généralissime, Zhemchuzhnikov's seat is reserved in his name in the 4th row on the left, Ivanov's27 in your name in the 9th row on the left, and I'll make a note about Clark28 right away; but the 3-ruble seats begin at the 13th row--what about this, does he want it? O Sadyk Pasha! we'll chatter about the rest when we meet.--I'm rushing off to an orchestra rehearsal:29 "To be or not to be, that is the question."
Public Trial of Boris
. . . Toward the end of the theatre season, for someone's bénéfice, two [actually three] scenes of Boris Godunov were staged: the inn scene, [Maryna's dressing-room,] and the scene at the fountain. Petrov (Varlaam) was splendid, and Platonova (Maryna) and Kommissarzhevsky (Dmitri) were also good. 30 The scenes had a tremendous success. Musorgsky and all of us were in raptures, and plans were made for the production of Boris in its entirety the following year. After this performance Musorgsky, Stasov, Alexandra Nikolayevna (my wife's sister, who had married N. P. Molas in the fall of 1872), and other people who stood close to musical matters assembled at our home; at supper, champagne was drunk, with wishes for the speedy performance and success of the whole Boris.31--NIKOLAI RIMSKY- KORSAKOV____________________