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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

Later, Sakhnovsky completed the work in continuous music, in which form it was given at the Bol’shoy Theatre, Moscow, under Nikolay Golovanov on 10 January 1925 . (2): completed and orchestrated by César Cui, 1915–16 , using Golenishchev-Kutuzov’s supplementary text; it was published in 1916 and given under Grzegorz Fitelberg at the Theatre of Musical Drama, St Petersburg, on 13/ 26 October 1917 . (3): as a pastiche, by Nikolay Tcherepnin, incorporating items from (1) and (2) with other music by Musorgsky; it was given at the Monte Carlo Opera House on 27 March

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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