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

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remember that in Petrograd there lives a certain musician, waiting for an epistle from you in regard to the dissenters. This is audacious on the aforesaid musician's part, but what's to be done?--in professing a religion, audacity in the sphere of this religion is recognized as faith.

I warmly thank you, Lubov Ivanovna, for the discourses on art-- they'll always be remembered by me. One more fine artistic personality is added to the small but rich number in the album of my sympathies. This is comforting. If possible, don't forget me.

MUSORGSKY


116. To VLADIMIR STASOV

In Petrograd, 6 Dec. '73

Here, généralissime, is a small part of our long-past dream that is realized.4 Remembering that it was in your home that the attached little pieces were often played, I arranged some inscriptions on that account. If it's not too difficult for you, please deliver these according to the inscriptions. As for the library, I remembered it for the simple reason that this is a foreign publication and that it is more convenient for you, directly from Musoryanin's hands, to find a cozy spot for it in the library. I shall not hide the fact that it is pleasant to lie with good people, but I admit that such a pleasure (author's vanity) is just

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teachers. After a series of successful concerts in Italy and France she returned to Russia and married, in 1860, an officer of the General Staff, Nikolai Karmalin. Though Karmalin was stationed at the Caucasian fortress of Zakatali, in remote Daghestan, Lubov Ivanovna managed to visit her musical friends in St. Petersburg and Moscow at two- or three-year intervals. She knew the Balakirev Circle well, and evidently had promised Musorgsky to do some musical research on the Khovanshchina dissenters.
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Frühlingsblüten (Album für Piano)

No. 1. M. v. Azanchevsky. Allegro tranquillo.

" 2. F. Czerny. A la Mazurka.

" 3. I. Iohannsen. Am Meer.

" 4. M. Musorgsky. Ein Kinderscherz.

" 5. M. Musorgsky. Intermezzo.

" 6. A. Reichhardt. Walzer.

" 7. A. Rubetz. Kinderstückchen.

" 8. H. Wölfl. Energico.

Verlag von A. Büttner, St. Petersburg; Moskau, A. Gutheil.

Musorgsky is the only contributor to this album who was not attached to the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Azanchevsky was the director, Wölfl, Czerny and Reichhardt taught piano, Rubetz taught solfeggio and elementary theory, and Iohannsen was professor of harmony.

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