[Petrograd, 1 November, '75]
To the Gentlemen Elders of the Artists' Circle of Moscow.
Thank you for the sympathy expressed in your kind letter of October 11, '75, towards the opera, Boris Godunov. It is thought, Dear Sirs, that a production of the complete opera of Boris Godunov on your esteemed stage would demand too great an expenditure of money as well as of important orchestral and choral powers: this was made clear to me in discussions with the highly esteemed worker in Russian opera affairs, Gennadi Petrovich Kondratyev.
The Bookkeeper's Page for Musorgsky's Account with Vasili Bessel
|Amounts received by Mr. Musorgsky.|
|1/IX||71||77 r.||90 k.|
|1/II||72||23 r.||60 k.|
|Total-- 701 rubles, so kopeks.|
At the Malo Yaroslavetz
. . . Whenever the [Malo Yaroslavetz] restaurant was full, we landed in the rooms where the habitués of the restaurant lunched or, rather, emptied bottles of wine and beer. I can't mention the names of all these, because I didn't know many of them. I remember meeting Musorgsky there, sitting at a table loaded with bottles, and Sergei Vasilyevich Maximov, telling stories in his hoarse voice about the hills, forests and convicts of Siberia, and the actor Pavel Vasilyevich Vasilyev, also industriously emptying wine and beer bottles, and another Vasilyev, the opera-basso Vladimir Ivanovich . . .
I didn't see this last there very often, but I met Maximov, Gor-____________________