By Nicholas Rzhevsky
Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. the best way to snatch it? This lecture room reader is designed to answer that challenge. The literary works chosen for inclusion during this anthology introduce the middle cultural and ancient topics of Russia's civilisation. each one textual content has resonance in the course of the arts - in Rublev's icons, Meyerhold's theatre, Mousorgsky's operas, Prokofiev's symphonies, Fokine's choreography and Kandinsky's work. This fabric is supported by means of introductions, important annotations and bibliographies of assets in all media. The reader is meant to be used in classes in Russian literature, tradition and civilisation, in addition to comparative literature.
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His mother, a Greek, was formerly a nun, and Jaropolk, Volodimir's brother, took her, and because of the beauty of her face he unfrocked her and begot of her this accursed Svjatopolk. But Volodimir, who was still a pagan, killed Jaropolk and took his wife who was pregnant; and of her was born this accursed Svjatopolk. And he was of two fathers who were brothers, and for this reason Volodimir loved him not for he was not of him. And by Rogneda he had four sons: Izjaslav, Mstislav, Jaroslav, and Vsevolod; and by another he had Svjatoslav and Mstislav; and by a Bulgarian woman, Boris and Gleb.
He called out, the earth rumbled, the grass rustled, the Polovtsian tents stirred. But Igor, the prince, sped like an ermine into the rushes, like a white duck on the water; he jumped on a swift steed, leapt from it like a barefoot wolf, and sped on the Donets water meadow, and flew like a falcon beneath clouds, slaying geese and swans for morning fare, and for dinner, and for supper. If Igor flew as a falcon, Olvur ran like a wolf, shaking off the freezing dew: they drove their steeds to exhaustion.
Trans. Irina Petrova. Moscow: Progress, 1981. Koromyslov, Boris. Mstera. Moscow: Planeta, 1968. See also, Bulakhov, "Slovo o polku Igorev" v literature, iskusstve, nauke. Dance Beaumont, Cyril. Complete Book of Ballets. London: Putman, 1956, pp. 68488. P. Polovetsian Dances from the Opera Prince Igor. New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, 1933. Score. Classic Kirov Performances (for a 1983 version of Fokine's Polovetsian dances). Produced by Castle Communications and Kultur, 1992. Videocassette. P. Prince Igor.