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

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with you, dear, about the many things bequeathed to us by the humble, truly great and glorious grandpa. How much was bequeathed, how many unforgettable and profoundly artistic things were taught us by dear grandpa!

Ever your

MUSINKA

I was at Mili's and I am in ecstasy; it's too bad that this week isn't convenient--I will write to dearest Mili, but on July 25, the day I received your letter, little dove, a nervous fever shook me--so I stayed in Peterhof and couldn't answer you, my own, immediately.

Once again thus your

MUSINKA

26 July, 1878


198. To VLADIMIR STASOV, Paris45 (A Collective Letter)

28 July
1878

[from Modeste Musorgsky]

Beginning

My dear généralissime, I have seen Mili and I am in ecstasy. Many good things were talked about, we went over many good things and above all the great artistic memory of our former affairs.

Meanwhile I can write only this, truthfully.

Your

MUSORYANIN

The 28th, 5 o'clock in the afternoon the day of the first appearance of Osip Afanasyevich Petrov on the stage [in 1830]

Turn over!

[from Mili Balakirev]

It so happened that today I too am at Ludm[ila] Iv[anovna's], who only recently told me of the receipt of your letter. I await impatiently your letter with the news of what has happened to my arrangement of Harold. Ludm. Iv. told me that Modinka had been at her place and even showed me his note to you. I will also tell you that I was pleasantly surprised by him as a person. No swagger or anything in the way

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45
There to see the Exposition Universelle. Among other errands, he had promised to arrange for the printing (at Brandus) of Balakirev's piano arrangement (four hands) of Berlioz Harold en Italie.

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