Paris: n.p. 1929. Folio. Original wrappers illustrated in colour by Russian artist Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942). 28ff. text (including advertisements) + 2ff. with 8 tipped-in colour plates of set and costume designs by Russian artist Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939).
With contemporary annotations in manuscript to cast list changing the names of two of the performers, indicating a substitution for a particular performance.
Very slightly worn.
"Rimsky-Korsakov’s persistence in operatic composition was eventually rewarded by the emergence of an ideal librettist, Vladimir Bel′sky, who was delighted by Rimsky-Korsakov’s music, in tune with contemporary trends and able to produce consummate literary pastiches – his imitations of Pushkin, contemporaries witnessed, even fooled the Pushkinologists. Thanks to Bel′sky, Rimsky-Korsakov set two of Pushkin’s folk-style tales, Skazka o Tsare Saltane (‘The Tale of Tsar Saltan’, 1899–1900) and Zolotoy petushok (‘The Golden Cockerel’, 1906–7). The conception of Skazaniye o nevidmom grade Kitezhe (‘The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh’, 1903–4) also owes much to Bel′sky, who managed to transform the folk legend into a ‘liturgical opera’, a very topical idea for the God-seeking Russian intelligentsia of the time, but an unexpected turn for the eternal atheist Rimsky-Korsakov." Mark Humphreys et al. in Grove Music Online. Item #27811
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