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date: 18 October 2019

Fair at Sorochintsï, The [Sorochinskaya yarmarka (‘Sorochintsy Fair’)]locked

  • Richard Taruskin

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[Sorochinskaya yarmarka (‘Sorochintsy Fair’)]

Opera, left incomplete, in three acts by Modest Petrovich Musorgsky to his own libretto (with Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov) after the story in Nikolay Vasil’yevich Gogol’s collection Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka (i, 1831); Moscow, Free Theatre, 8/21 October 1913.

Musorgsky conceived the opera in 1874; it remained incomplete on his death in 1881. Three numbers appeared in vocal score in 1886, and three were orchestrated by Anatoly Lyadov and published in 1904. Various fragments, edited by Vyacheslav Karatïgin, were performed in concert form with piano and spoken continuity at St Petersburg on 16/29 March 1911 (to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Musorgsky’s death); Act 2, completed by Karatïgin, with the Introduction and Fair from Act 1, orchestrated by Lyadov, were given at the Comedia Theatre, St Petersburg, on 17/30 December 1911.

There have been four stage versions. (1): with Musorgsky’s completed numbers revised and orchestrated by Lyadov and Karatïgin, incorporating Rimsky-Korsakov’s version of ...

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