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

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ers!51 There's plenty of material--plenty to work with. Do it--talk it over and discuss it with Stasov Vladimir, and I (if I'm still alive) will do an opera (of it). Only don't think that I'm pushing you toward history on this account; No! but it would be pleasant and fine to go to work on the basis of your creative ideas. Let's hope so!!--Only do it quite independently, as it should be done, and don't think of me.

Your

MOD. MUSORGSKY

Come to us today, November 14--whenever you wish.


200. To LUDMILA SHESTAKOVA

Dear little dove of mine, Ludmila Ivanovna, yes, I was very ill; only now am I beginning to get well. I'm afraid that the doctor52 will not let me out on Friday--however, I feel a great deal better today. Who could dare forget the 8th of this month?53

Your

MUSINKA

November 24, '78


200a. ARSENI GOLENISHCHEV-KUTUZOV to VLADIMIR STASOV [Extract]

December 19, 1878

. . . Thanks to you, Unrest has been printed quite satisfactorily,54 as I already wrote you, but what distresses me is that Blagosvetlov did not carry out my request to print on the title page that it is dedicated to Musorgsky! This is positively shameful. How many years I sweated over this drama based on Modeste Petrovich's idea with the hope of

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51
The "life-campaigners" were a company of grenadiers in the Preobrazhensky Regiment, formed by the Empress Elizabeth on her ascension to the throne. This company was put into the field by Catherine against Pugachov's rebellion--and this may account for Musorgsky's special interest in this subject at this time.
52
It is assumed that this doctor was Lev Bertensson, as Shestakova later presented this letter to him. Dr. Bertensson was also the personal physician of Piotr Tchaikovsky and Lev Tolstoy.
53
Day of the Archangel Michael--Glinka's name-day.
54
Unrest is the final title for Golenishchev-Kutuzov's "dramatic chronicle in five acts," formerly called Tzar Vasili Ivanovich Shuisky. Its publication was passed by the censor on January 9, 1879.

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