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Music Section III
Music Section III
How did his friends, even in the handful, view Mussorgsky
half competent, possibly mentally instable
Mossorgky took the pains of avoiding what type of opera
Who wrote "The Stone Guest"
The Stone Guest was a tragedy written by who? It featured the same plot as what
Written by Pushin and shared a plot with Don Giovanni
In the argument of words or music being more important in opera, Dargomyzhsky's view was
The side of words; he saw music as a part of spoken drama rather than it's own thing
Who wrote the passage, "The Marriage"? What was it about
Nikolai Gogol, about an indecisive and fearful bachelor who failed to show up to his own wedding
How did Mussorgsky try to notate the play
By reading them out as an actor would, not singer. He wanted to capture the characters more realistically
Why were familiar progressions not used in "The Marriage"
Harmony had to remain subordinate to the twisted vocal lines
Why did Mussorgsky not finish "The Marriage"? Why was it challenging to vocalist
He did not finish it because it was to long after the first act. The vocal lines were tortuous and listeners would have not recognized the singing.
Who was Mussorgsky sharing and apartment with at the time of writing "Boris Godunov"
While Mussorgsky worked as a civil servant, Rimsky-Korsakov was able to use the piano for what piece?
The Maid of Pskov
Boris Godunov has what in common with Glinka's "A Life of the Tsar"
The same historical time period around the "time of troubles"
What does Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" assume
Assumes an adult audiance, capable of making critical judgements. Like the original Pushkin piece which was banned for many years
What serious questions does the opera pose
Godunov's legitimacy, crime, guilt, and russian peoples suffering
Of the two operas versions which were made, what is the first one like
Closer to Pushkins text and operatic realism; music and action are continuous rather than divided
What is the dominant mood of the first version of Boris Godunov
dark and austere, come comedy in the Inn scene
Why did Mussorgsky insert a Polish Act
Adding brighter color, providing pretext for a prima donna, Marina Miniszck
Which ways does Mussorgsky incorporate nationalism
folk songs and folk-like materials, employs the sounds of Orthodox Church bells
How are the bells represented
In the Coronation Scene with the orchestra; allternating between two chords sharing the same tritone (bells resist tuning)
Who changed the opera? What percent was altered
Rimsky-Korsakov changed 80%
How does Boris Godunov start
What does the ringing of the bell symbolize
The start of the funeral rights
What does Boris shout as he is dying
Wait, I am still the Tsar