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

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action of the serpent's poison, appears to have the same zeal for killing men--there also is an inflammation of the limbs and a straining toward amputation--the result will be that clinical experts will be called, and the newspapers will write "war."

I've been to the Director: he said that this year they can't produce anything new, however they might send for me in the middle of August or at the beginning of September to frighten them with Boris.31

That's all: I am "an enemy of advice" really because in my humble opinion each man is an individual, and as such, has much that is distinctive to him alone. Consequently, again in my humble opinion, conference, that is, the exchange of ideas and viewpoints, is the best soil for free acquisition of that which is called advice. In my letter I said what I thought, and I conferred with an independent nature independently.

However, I firmly press the hand, throbbing with rage, of Doña Anna-Laura and the immobile extended hand in lunga pausa of the dear Orchestra.

MODESTE MUSORGSKY


66. To NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

23 July, '70 Petrograd

Little friend Korsinka, greetings . . . Cesare tells me that The Stone Guest is to be staged this season without fail32--such is Gedeonov's wish. The financial end of the business, evidently, has already been clarified and the agreement has been drawn up; however, you will hear about this from Cesare himself, but I am afraid that I will misinterpret something and represent myself as an old-woman-newspaper.--So we shall soon hear "The Guest" in your charming instrumentation and we shall see The Stone Guest in the stony performances of our artists.--Besides Petrov,33 a superior ace, I have no hopes, as you know, for any of the others.--In spite of

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31
This half-promise by Stepan Gedeonov was not kept until February 1871, when Boris Godunov was officially submitted to the Theater Committee.
32
According to the wish of Dargomizhsky, who died on January 5, 1869, before completing his Stone Guest, Cui completed the two unfinished scenes, and Rimsky- Konakov scored the entire opera.
33
Who was to sing the role of Leporello. Kommissarzhevsky was Don Juan; Platonova, Doña Anna; Abarinova, Doña Laura; Melnikov, Don Carlos.

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