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

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mercy; does he dare or has he already put aside the thought of arranging a match for you?--Write about it.

I repeat my address: In Pskov Prov., town of Kholm, by way of the Tiapolovo station to the village of Volok, Natalia Yegorovna Kushelova, to be delivered to me.

Till our next chat.

MODESTE


29.To MILI BALAKIREV, St. Petersburg

28April [1862] Village of Volok

Your letter delighted me greatly, Mili; I've derived a great deal of pleasure from it; to my interest in your letter was added the gratification of satisfied expectations; I waited and waited for an answer from you, and thus your letter gave me a twofold pleasure. I exult in your successful concerts and I wish health to the newborn school! I have already taken to my heart the two boys whom you picked out.88 Their heads, naturally, are free of both the needed and unneeded things which fill the trained brains of medical students and internes.--It should not be assumed from this, that learning should be obscurity-- but all the same, the natural, free development of natures, which are basically more fresh, and are considerably more pleasant than scholastic or academic (cela revient au même) training. These boys will receive impressions easily and clearly. One has only to imagine--what don't the professors cram into those young brains, and how those heads must break, before they become capable--of discarding unneeded things and keeping only essentials.--One is involuntarily re

____________________
Viola Kologrivov
'Cello Karl Schubert
with this program:
1. Kologrivov's joy at meeting Rubinstein.
2. Conspiracy against True Music.
3. Actions of the conspiracy.
4. Rubinstein gets ahead of everybody.
5. All bow before him.
6. Their deaths (of their musical careers).
7. Scherzo da capo (memories of the past).
88
When Olya, Shestakova's daughter whose musical education had been placed in Balakirev's hands by Glinka, died in 1862, Balakirev, aside from his work in the new Free School, gave free private music lessons to two promising boys "in memory of Olya."

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