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

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VIII
Russia

1879-1881

202. To LUDMILA SHESTAKOVA

Dear little dove of ours, Ludmila Ivanovna, believe this cry from my heart: take care of yourself for us--to us artists you are beloved, you are a blessed nest. About himself your Musinka cannot speak, and on this is his signature, your Musinka. June 16, 1879: yesterday at your home it was June 15, the day of St. Modestus.


202a. VLADIMIR STASOV to MILI BALAKIREV [Extract]

June 17, 1879

. . . Musorgsky himself is in raptures about his proposed tour, because he expects to make from it about 1,000 rubles (!!!) . . .


202b. MILI BALAKIREV to LUDMILA SHESTAKOVA [Extract]

June 17, 1879

. . . What's happening to Modeste is terrible. If you could only upset this tour with Leonova, you would be doing a good deed. On the one hand you would release him from the shameful role he wishes to assume, and, besides, Modeste and Leonova are running a big risk. Well, suppose his blood should flow from someplace, as once happened at your home, will it be pleasant for her to fuss over him; and his ruin is probable, because Leonova, naturally, will not fail to exploit him--and it's cheaper for her this way!--Simply shameful for him.

Your
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