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

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Remembering that July 15 is YOUR DAY and being happy that on one of these three proposed days you and I shall have a fine talk about good things, I dare to dream--that the day selected by you would be YOUR DAY; and how many lovely, lively memories are associated with this good day!

Notify Ludmila Ivanovna and Musoryanin, dearest généralissime, about which of the three days you choose, and as soon as you can.

Your MUSORYANIN

For me all three days are at your disposal--I am free. Wednesday, July 14, 10:00 A.M.--I've just remembered that Wednesday is impossible for you.


179a. VLADIMIR STASOV to NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, Pargolovo [Extract]

17 July, 1876, Spb.

. . . I see only Musoryanin, now and then: he works more than a little, and furthermore, not only on Khovanshchina, but also on Fair at Sorochintzi--two operas at once! And here and there he has produced splendid things that would indeed please you. But this is not all: in his Danse macabre (three numbers of which you know) he has begun a 4th: "Monk"--very good--and is starting a 5th: "Anika the Warrior and Death."16 A hundred times I've asked Musoryanin and Kutuzov to go to you, all three of us together, but both are such sluggards, and went on planning this so long, that Kutuzov has left for the country . . . and now it won't be possible to move Musorgsky . . .


180. To LUDMILA SHESTAKOVA

Dear little dove of mine, Ludmila Ivanovna, Musinka asks you to count on him as yours and the Petrovs' for July 28 (Wednesday). This gray-haired young man, so spoiled by you, little dove, is all this while

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16
Anika the Warrior was a bylini figure who destroyed towns and churches, committing sacrilegious acts towards holy ikons, and Latinizing the Holy Faith. The bylina about him that may have interested Musorgsky is "The Struggle between Life and Death."

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