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

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In regard to publishing my little musical sins, I would evaluate the rights on this edition in this manner: for the macabres--150 rubles and for the three by Count Tolstoy,36 50 rubles--making a total of 200 rubles.

Once more I thank you from the soul, dearest Dimitri Vasilyevich. I ask you to proffer my sincere greetings to the little dove of a lady and don't forget to tell the children that Musoryanin loves them very much.

Your MUSORYANIN

P.S. If it's difficult to add the 4th macabre--as you have written Jurgenson37 about the 3 macabres that you know, and you haven't mentioned a fourth, of which you've heard only hints, then you may leave it as 3 macabres without the "Field Marshal" and in that case the price would be 120 rubles for the 3 macabres and for Count Tolstoy's 3--50 rubles = 170 rubles. But I should like to have all 4 macabres published: the "Field Marshal," in my opinion, is not worse than the "Peasant" ["Trepak"]. In any case I completely submit to your view on this matter and once more I thank you heartily, dearest Dimitri Vasilyevich.

All yours, MUSORYANIN


193. To LUDMILA SHESTAKOVA

14-15 June, 1877. Tzankoye Selo

Little dove, my dear Ludmila Ivanovna, each line of your wonderful letter has the sound of a dear friend, of a kindred heart. You care for and caress your Musinka a little, perhaps, not quite according to his deserts; but all the more strongly will Musinka approach his beloved, his chosen cause of Russian music, in order to master this cause

____________________
36
Musorgsky's songs to poems by Alexei Tolstoy have always been a group of five, unless Musorgsky intended to omit two for publication. They are all dated within a single month, 1877--(1) March 4-5, (2) March 9, (3) March 15-16, (4) March 20, and (5) March 21. The first is dedicated to Fyodor Ardalionovich Vanlyarsky, the third to Anatoli Yevgrafovich Palchikov, and the fifth to Olga Andreyevna Golenishcheva-Kutuzova. See full listing in Appendix.
37
Dimitri Stasov was acquainted with Josif Jurgenson, head of the Petersburg branch of this music publishing house, but it was with Piotr Jurgenson, in Moscow, that these abortive negotiations were being conducted.

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