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Queen of Spades, The [Pikovaya dama (Pique Dame)]locked

  • Richard Taruskin

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Opera in three acts, op.68, by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky to a libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky and the composer after Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin’s novella (1833); St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 7/19 December 1890.

Modest Tchaikovsky’s libretto was originally prepared not for his brother but for the minor composer Nikolay Semyonovich Klenovsky (...

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