A Christmas Gift

For Christmas, my good friend gave me the full score for Boris Godunov. I am so very excited about this. I think it’s because I love the darkness of the music/orchestration, and the subject matter.

I mean, look at this thing. It’s think, and heavy, clocking in at an amazing 773 pages (which includes 2 scenes in the appendices). This is the Rimsky-Korsakov version that is no longer in print, which I’m pretty sure is the only one that is performed. The exciting part of this is that now I get to get a recording of the Rimsky-Korsakov music because I only have a recording of the Mussorgsky version.

Speaking of music, I’m now 2:30 deep in my chamber orchestra piece. I have my theme which I’m not necessarily developing as much as passing it from color to color a la mvmt. 2 from Sibelius’ 3rd symphony. And also, as far as music I’m listening to for inspiration:

  • Mvmt. 2 – 3rd symphony — Sibelius
  • 5th symphony — Shostokovich
  • Mvmt. 2 – piano trio 2 — Schubert
  • Mvmt. 1 – 1st symphony — Sibelius

I love this assignment, because it’s really forcing me to do more music study. I do it from time to time, but never as intensely or frequently as i’d like to.

Not much in the way of other news, so until next time.

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One response to “A Christmas Gift

  1. I actually prefer the original Mussorgsky version. I prefer its rawness to Rimsky-Korsakov’s more polished version.

    If you want a good side-by-side recording, Valery Giergev and the Kirov Theater Orchestra and Chorus have recorded both versions available in one box for about $50 (which is pretty much a steal).

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