César Cui's Opera «Feast in Time of Plague»
Драматические сцены А.С. Пушкина
Музыка Ц. Кюи
Lyle Neff, Translator
César Antonovich Cui (1835-1918), a Russian of French-Lithuanian descent, was by vocation a professor of fortifications in St. Petersburg's military schools, but also a prolific composer and music critic. Although much of his musical output—except for some standard songs and piano pieces—was largely forgotten after his death until recently, he is remembered in Russian musical life as spokesman in the 1860s-80s for the "mighty handful," or "new Russian school," that group of composers which was headed by Milij Balakirv, mentored by Vladimir Stasov, and included Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov, Modest Musorgskij, Aleksandr Borodin, and Cui himself.