August 5, 2013

Of Korsakov

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 8:03 pm by chuckredman

One of the greatest composers (in my book) was Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov, and he came from a fine and liberal-minded family, according to the book I just finished: “Even at the time that serfdom was in existence, the Rimskys had only hired servants in their house.  When his father was offered three hundred souls (i.e., serfs) as a reward for one of his services to the government he declined, saying that he did not know how to take care of even one soul – his own.”   — from The Mighty Five, by Victor Seroff.  The book is an excellent portrayal of the five great 19th Century Russian composers, who formed a close-knit group and collaborated on many of their most famous works.

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2 Comments »

  1. Pat Fuller said,

    Gosh, that sounds good. If it’s not a library book, may I borrow it?

    Pat

    • chuckredman said,

      Yeah, I was thinking about asking you if you want to read it. It’s from L.A. Public Library, but I should be able to renew it for at least 2 weeks or so. I’ll keep it for you. I do think you’ll enjoy it.


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