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The Life of Musorgsky (Musical Lives)

ISBN13: 9780521485074
ISBN: 052148507X
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $38.0
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published Date:
Pages: 216
Average Goodreads rating: 4.20/5 (5 ratings)

This is a brief biography of Russia's greatest musical dramatist, Modest Musorgsky (1839-1881), known the world over for his opera Boris Godunov, for his innovative realistic art songs, and for his pianistic work "Pictures at an Exhibition." Yet during his life Musorgsky had no institutional connections, no "degree," no family of his own, not even a permanent address. This book emphasizes the psychological and economic factors that contributed to the composer's remarkable autodidactic rise and tragic, premature end.