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

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of sobriety and he was in an especially healthy, sober condition . . . But, as always, alcoholics are gnawed inside by the worm of Bacchus; and M.P. was already dreaming about compensating himself for his long patience. In spite of the rigid orders given to the attendants forbidding cognac, after all, "the heart is not a stone," and for the birthday an attendant obtained for M.P. (he was so loved by all) a whole bottle of cognac35 . . . --ILYA REPIN


218. To TERTI FILIPPOV (A Deed)

In the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one, on the fourteenth day of March, I the undersigned, Collegiate Councilor Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky, have drawn up this deed for Privy Councilor Terti Ivanovich Filippov in order to turn over to him for his full and sole possession all my appertaining author's rights on all my musical compositions, both published and unpublished, evaluating these rights at two thousand silver rubles. Excluded from this deed are those compositions already sold to other persons. Collegiate Councilor Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky's signature, because of his illness and at his personal request, is herewith made by Count Arseni Arkadyevich Golenishchev-Kutuzov. At the drawing of this deed we were present and we testify the presence of Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky and his legal capacity to draw deeds. Actual State Councilor Vladimir Vasilyevich Stasov, Aulic Councilor Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky- Korsakov, Citizen of the Great Principality of Finland Fyodor Dmitriyevich Gridnin. In the year one thousand eight hundred and eightyone, on the fourteenth day of March this deed was presented to me, Mikhail Ivanovich Uspensky, St. Petersburg notary whose office is in the Moskovskaya City District at Nevsky Prospect, No. 51, by the Collegiate Councilor Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky at the place of his treatment, Rozhdestvenskaya City District, Konnogvardeiskaya Street, in the Nikolayevsky Military Hospital, the personality and legal capacity of whom to draw legal deeds have been witnessed by the present and personally known to me witnesses, Actual State Councilor Vladimir Vasilyevich Stasov, Aulic Councilor Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky- Korsakov and Citizen of the Great Principality of Finland Fyodor Dmitriyevich Gridnin, the former two living in the Liteinaya City District at Sergiyevskaya No. 79 and Furshtadtskaya No. 21, the last

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This bottle of cognac has been inflated by legend to the dimensions of the immediate cause of Musorgsky's death.

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