Leipzig: M.P. Belaïeff [PN 3001], 1901. Large octavo. Original publisher's light green printed wrappers with titling within decorative border, [i] (title), [ii] (critical notes in Russian, French, and German), 3-61 pp. music. Watermark CGR [star] 11. With publisher's catalogue to recto of wrappers.
With an autograph inscription signed by Rimsky-Korsakov to his student Mikhail Klimov in Cyrillic cursive to upper left of title: "To Mikhail Egorovich Klimov in remembrance from his former teacher N.R.-Korsakov May 9, 1908."
Later biographical annotations in pencil in Cyrillic cursive to verso of lower wrapper.
Wrappers slightly worn, soiled, and foxed; split at spine with slight loss to tail; some adhesion of upper wrapper to title, not affecting inscription.
The inscription was penned less than a month before Rimsky-Korsakov's death on June 8, 1908 (Julian calendar).
The Caprice brillant was the first fruit of Glinka's investigation into Spanish folk music, and was written to appeal both to ordinary and better-informed lovers of music. "The dance tune with its simple harmonic outline gives rise to the most varied treatments (in harmony, counterpoint and instrumentation) within a satisfying overall structure, and suggests the composer’s delight in the vitality and colour of Spanish folklore." Stuart Campbell in Grove Music Online.
Klimov (1881-1937) "studied in the Moscow Synod School from 1893 to 1900. He graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1908, where he had studied theory of composition under N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov and conducting under N. N. Cherepnin. He became an instructor at the conservatory the same year, and he became a professor there in 1916. Klimov became choirmaster of the M. I. Glinka Leningrad Academic Choir in 1904. Between 1917 and 1935 he was chief conductor, creating an outstanding choir that soon gained international recognition. Klimov was the author of The Primary Solfeggio (1923) and other textbooks." The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd edition (1970-1979). Item #23080
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