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  1. Glazunov's Writings, Blog 5: A new production of Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky (update)

    This is an updated translation of this text, meant to be published long ago but didn't get around to editing. Should definitely be interesting for Mussorgsky fans, especially those who are Godunov fans!



    Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, presented at the consideration of the Directorate of the Imperial Theaters in 1870, was initially rejected. The motives served allegedly "abundance of choirs, ensembles, solo absence numbers. " The opera was staged only January
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    Updated Apr-23-2018 at 05:34 by Huilunsoittaja

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  2. Glazunov's Writings, Blog 6: Mozart in All of Us

    A big thanks to a German-speaking friend who volunteered to translate this for me. This speech was likely made originally in German for a symposium because it dates 1931, after Glazunov left the USSR for good. Mozart fans would especially be interested in this, enjoy!


    Mozart in all of us

    In the second half of the 18th century, a miracle happened on this planet: in the heavens of art a new star emerged, whose glistening overshadowed all other earthly lights,
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  3. A Look Back at Paramount's WUTHERING HEIGHTS and the BBC's JANE EYRE

    Despite my love for Strauss and late Verdi, early-Romantic bel canto opera is my favorite. If Bellini's operas and many of Donizetti's will never be wildly popular, if Verdi's Attila will never be played as often as his Aida, then Verdi's last bel canto-like works (La Traviata in particular) are among his most popular today. I'd venture a guess that most people like Beethoven's music, and that Rossini's music pleases so many because it's similarly rhythmic; the musicologist Robert Greenberg once
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    Updated Mar-27-2018 at 21:16 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Opera , Visual Arts , Literature
  4. My thoughts on BBC's adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace



    Tolstoy's War and Peace always has protagonist groups of 3. Above, we see the main 3. But there are other trios who come and go, and mix together. My favorite character is Marya Bolkonsky, who I related to the most in the story. Her "trio" shifted around between her brother Andrei, Natasha Rostova, and eventually Nikolai Rostova. She is one of the great heroines of the
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    Updated Feb-09-2016 at 06:15 by Huilunsoittaja

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    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Literature , Other
  5. Preview of my novel "Brother" from Chapter 16

    Chapter 16

    As promised, Sasha went to the Thursday rehearsal later in the afternoon and took Ana Pavlovna out. She didn’t act much different from how she was at the gathering, except that she felt no pressure to fight for his attention anymore. Sasha decided to take her somewhere intimate and simple, not overly ostentatious and luxurious. Perhaps then he could reveal a different side to her. In this little tavern at twilight, he had an interesting conversation with her.
    “How
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