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

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24. To MILI BALAKIREV
DEAR MILI, Lyadov is positively taking your Lear for his concert, and asks for my ( Edipus as well. We met at the Shilovskys, this is an urgent matter; therefore Lyadov and I, by his wish, want to catch you home tomorrow between twelve and one. Please be home, dear. Stephan de Schillon [ Shilovsky] intends to honor you also, so we three, Lyadov, Shilov- sky and I, will hasten to you.All yours,MODESTEFriday 24 March [1861] Lyadov's concert is to be very interesting.74The Emancipation Proclamation [Extracts]BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE, ALEXANDER SECOND, EMPEROR AND AUTOCRAT OF ALL RUSSIA, TZAR OF POLAND, GRAND DUKE OF FINLAND,et cetera, et cetera, et ceteraDeclare to all our loyal subjects . . .All those people now bound to the soil will receive at the proper time the full rights of free rural residents.The landowners, maintaining their possession of all lands now belonging to them, will place at the disposal of the peasants a certain quantity of field soil and other lands according to given regulations . . .This new order, because of its inevitable complications, cannot be established at once, but will require no less than two years; to avoid confusion, therefore, and in the interests of social and private welfare, in the landowners' estates during this said period there must be maintained the present existing order until, the proper preparations having been made, the new order can begin.To accomplish this in an orderly way, we judge it right to issue these commands:
1. To open in each province a Provincial Office for peasant af-
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The concert on April 6, conducted by Lyadov, included, in addition to these compositions, excerpts from Dargomizhsky Festival of Bacchus and from Cui Prisoner of the Caucasus. However Musorgsky may have pleaded with Shilovskaya, Stasov's wish was not granted.

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