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Richard Taruskin

little in the exuberantly decorative score that cannot be associated with the idiom of such older Rimsky-Korsakov pupils as Anatoly Lyadov and especially Nikolay Tcherepnin. Stravinsky dedicated the work to its librettist, Mitusov. When in 1909 Stravinsky began receiving commissions from Sergey Dyagilev, first for some Chopin orchestrations for the ballet Les sylphides and then (following Lyadov’s and Tcherepnin’s refusal) for The Firebird , he found himself sidetracked from his operatic project, and eventually turned cold not only to it but (under the influence

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Richard Taruskin

Theatre, Moscow, in 1901 under Ippolit Al’tani, with Shalyapin (for whom Rimsky had composed an extra aria, to begin Act 3, in 1898 ). The opera was given as Ivan le Terrible at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, during the first Dyagilev season, on 20 May 1909 , conducted by Nikolay Tcherepnin, with Shalyapin and Yelizaveta Petrenko. Written during the heyday of historical drama in Russia, The Maid of Pskov is based on a play that attempted not only to portray historical events but to explain them according to enlightened historiographical notions. Mey’s Pskovityanka