IZ Musorgskii i ego “Boris Godunov”
FROM Musorgsky and His “Boris Godunov”
Semyon Kruglikov (1857-1910) was a music critic and a professor. At one time he was the Director of the Moscow Philharmonic School. In Moscow he was a popularizer of the works of the composers of the “Mighty Handful.”
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Even before the raising of the curtain, the orchestra was playing the solemn ringing of the bells. I recall how the author played it on the piano and how perfect it was: the imitation of big and small bell ringing was masterfully captured.1