- Mussorgsky, Modest; Dmitri Shostakovich; Stasov, V. V.
Chowanschtschina [Khovanshchina; The Khovansky Affair] (2 volumes, complete)
Gosudarstvennoe Musykalnoe Izdatelstvo, Moskva, 1963, Hardcover, , First Edition, Very Good /Very Good
362, 351 pp. including foreword in Russian and, in each volume, commentary on the text. Full conductor's scores to the opera. The dust jackets on both volumes have been modestly and professionally conserved to close tears and unobtrusively fill those places where there are chips. Both DJs are now protected. The opera was unfinished when Mussorgsky died in 1881 and was completed and orchestrated by Rimsky Korsakov and first premiered in 1886. Although Stravinsky and Ravel produced a version for Diaghilev in 1913, the legendary bass Feodor Chaliapin insisted to sing the Rimsky Korsakov version. Today, Shostakovich's edition, created in 1959, is often preferred. "The term Khovanshchina means the 'Khovansky affair,' or the intrigues of Ivan Khovansky, the leader of the Muscovite Streltsi (musketeers). Musorgsky's opera is not, however, an account of this historical event alone. Rather, it combines three great historical facts in a single fictional plot. Though Musorgsky's invention, the story refers back to real events and characters; its purpose was to reveal the historical essence that lay concealed behind the events in question."--Maes