Musorgsky and His Circle

Musorgsky and His Circle

A Russian Musical Adventure

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The emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century in the wake of Mikhail Glinka comprises one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history. The five men who came together in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg in the 1860s, all composers of talent, some of genius, would be—in spite of a virtual lack of technical training—responsible for some of the greatest and best-loved music ever written. How this happened is the subject of Stephen Walsh's brilliant composite portrait of the group known in the West as the Five, and in Russia as moguchaya kuchka—the Mighty Little Heap. Friends, competitors, and creative intellectuals whose ambitions and ideas reflect the ferment of their times, Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Alexander Borodin, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, and—most important of all—Modest Musorgsky, come wonderfully to life in this extended account.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
ISBN: 9780307272447
Branch Call Number: 780.92 M977W 2013
Characteristics: xiv, 464 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"A collective biography of the 19th-century Russian composer and four of his musical peers examines the considerable originality of their achievements in spite of limited technical training, sharing insights into their role in bringing Russian music into the modern world." Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter


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