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Musorgsky and His Circle

Walsh, Stephen 2013. Musorgsky and His Circle. London: Faber & Faber.

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Abstract

Musorgsky and His Circle is an accessible and thought-provoking intellectual biography of the five creators of some of the best-known and most admired Russian music of the nineteenth century. The extraordinary group of Russian composers who came together in St Petersburg in the 1860s - long known as 'The Mighty Handful', but, as the moguchaya kuchka, better translated as 'the great little heap' - gave rise to one of the most intriguing and colourful stories in all musical history. Stephen Walsh, author of a major biography of their direct successor, Stravinsky, has written an absorbing account of Musorgsky and his circle - Borodin, Cui, Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov and the art historian Vladimir Stasov. With little or no musical education they created works of lasting significance - Musorgsky's Boris Godunov, Borodin's Prince Igor and Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade. Written with deep understanding and panache, this engaging biography is a significant contribution to cultural history.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571245628
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:25
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/38624

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