The operas of Nikolai Andreevich Rimskii-Korsakov (1844-1908), along with those of his predecessor Glinka (1804-1857) and his contemporary Chaikovskii (1840-1893), form the foundation of native classic opera repertory in Russia. That all three composers turned to Pushkin as an inspiration for one or more of their stage works was inevitable, Rimskii-Korsakov being the last to do so. As with Glinka and Chaikovskii, Rimskii-Korsakov's three Pushkin-based works remain standards in the Russian repertory. Furthermore, his Mozart and Salieri (1897) seems to have good standing in the west, perhaps due to its brevity, non-Russian subject matter, and present-day association with Peter Schaffer's play and motion picture, Amadeus. The Golden Cockerel (1906-1907), no doubt helped into western venues by Diagilev's ballet-styled production, has easily become more of a widespread standard than Rimskii-Korsakov's other Pushkin opera, The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1899-1900), which itself nevertheless gained considerable European theatrical exposure in the 1920s and '30s. This apparent repertorial lag is regrettable, because, among all three of these operas, Tsar Saltan has the most to please any audience. To borrow from Mirksy's (1926: 97) evaluation of Pushkin's original poem, Rimskii-Korsakov's opera "has the same appeal for a child of six and for the most sophisticated poetry reader of sixty. It requires no understanding; its reception is immediate, direct, unquestionable."
По существу, сложность пушкинских произведений проявляет себя не только в глубине смысла, но и в том их специфическом свойстве, что для понимания этого смысла приходится совершать предварительную реконструкцию “поверхностного слоя,” который в других случаях дан в тексте непосредственно.… Read More
Тема «Зощенко и Пушкин» в исследовательской литературе традиционно ограничивалась лишь одним сюжетом: анализом «Шестой повести Белкина», созданной в преддверие пушкинского юбилея 1937 г. Между тем пушкинские мотивы в творчестве Зощенко возникали неоднократно—имеет смысл проследить их развитие и вариации… Read More
This fall, from September 24 to September 30, there was a conference at Mikhailovskoe on Pushkin and Shakespeare. It was sponsored by St. Petersburg University and the group Piligrim.
The conference announcement suggested various intriguing panel titles, including: “History in… Read More
The Pushkin Club was established in 1953 by Maria Kullman and her brother and sister-in-law, Nicholas and Militsa Zernov, at 24 Kensington Park Gardes as a non-profit-making house for students and academics of all nationalities. In addition to providing lodgings,… Read More
During a visit to Russia, Mark Sconce and his wife Nancy Bounds heard so much about Pushkin’s life and were so impressed by performances of is works that on their return home they decided to arrange a program commemorating the… Read More
The bibliography includes monographs and articles published either in journals or as chapters of collected essays or individual works. A broad cultural approach was taken, hence the inclusion of Pushkin's works as they relate to music. Also, a… Read More
In this volume, Sona Hoisington has gathered together and carefully translated critical essays written by prominent critics… Read More