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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!, 9 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Musorgsky and His Circle: A Russian Musical Adventure (Kindle Edition)
This seems to be aimed at someone interested in music who has little general knowledge of the Russian Nationalist composers of the C19, and as such is very useful. However, at times it is a little too generalised and one wishes for more depth - but presumably the author was constrained to less than 500 pages! There are a few anomalies: for example the author does not appear to know what a Glass Harmonica is, nor appreciate(when writing about Glinka) that both Fidelio and Der Freischutz have spoken dialogue between the musical 'numbers', as most German operas of the period do, in varying degree.
The book deals not only with Mussorgsky, but also with many of the other C19 Russian composers and is an interesting read. One of the best things about it is that it is available on Kindle for a much more reasonable price than the hardback version.
There is, however, still room for books on C19 Russian music that delve rather more deeply, and with more apparent original research.
Modified Rapture!
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