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

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dove of mine, let them buzz--let them do what they were created for. There is no escape from mosquitoes and gnats. Let the swarms swarm. Nothing one can do about it, anyway. Keep well, my dear little dove. Musinka's hearty thanks ever belong to you. Till we meet very soon, my dear little dove, Ludmila Ivanovna.

Your

MUSINKA

I don't believe and I don't want to think that we could do without Napravnik.23There must be Russian opera in Russia--there must be --a Napravnik, no matter how the pens of the bureaucrats scratch. What madness! I don't want to think of it.

MUSINKA


184. To LUDMILA SHESTAKOVA, St. Petersburg

Tzarskoye Selo, New Places

Zhukovsky's dacha, No. 7

10 September, 1876

Dear little dove of mine, Ludmila Ivanovna, just as I left you today, my own, I heard for a fact that Napravnik has won and, thank God, the cause of Russian opera is safe. I hasten to share with you, little dove, this happy news; even if you should have learned this before my letter gets to you, my heart is greatly concerned that it should be from Musinka, apart from all others, that you, my own, should receive this news. Before I could continue this letter, I received yours, little dove. I really don't know how to praise you enough, our own; you are truly an extraordinary little dove; aren't you? With such all-powerful

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" Napravnik's three-year contract with the Directorate of the Imperial Theaters terminated in 1876. In April of that year Napravnik sent a notification to Baron Kister [ Director] that he was ready to sign a new contract, provided that the chorus and orchestra would be given a full bénéfice. This was not answered, and after May 1, E. F. Napravnik's salary was stopped. Under the direction of the 2nd conductor, Vojaček, rehearsals were begun on August 1. Vojaček also conducted the first five performances at the Opera. According to notes in E. F. Napravnik's diary, kindly communicated to us by [his son] V. E. Napravnik, on September 5 at the request of Baron Kister, N. A. Lukashevich called upon Eduard Franzovich. On September 7 Eduard Franzovich was asked to see Baron Kister, who gave his consent to a full bénéfice for the orchestra and chorus, in addition to the usual concert for the orchestra's benefit, and a bonus of 25 rubles to Vojaček for each performance. On both September 6 and 8 (during a rehearsal and 2 performance) the chorus and orchestra honored Eduard Franzovich for his unselfish assistance."--Andrei Rimsky-Korsakov.

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