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Boris Godunov - Original Version (1868/69)

and Final Version (1872/74) - Opera in 4 Acts and Prologue

By Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

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Voices and piano (solos: SMez(S)MezMezATTTTTTBarBarBBBBBB - choir: SSAATTBB. child ch - 3(picc).2(cor ang).2.2. - - timp.perc(4) - hp - pno(4ms) - str / stage music: trp)
And Final Version (1872/74) - Opera in 4 Acts and Prologue. Composed by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881). Arranged by Modest Mussorgskij. Edition Breitkopf. Romantic. Vocal score. Breitkopf and Haertel #EB-8563. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.EB-8563).

Item Number: BR.EB-8563

ISBN 979-0-004-17852-2. 9 x 12 in inches.

Duration: full evening
Text by the composer after Alexander Pushkins Dramatic Chronic of Tsars Boris and Grishka Otrepiev and Nikolai Karamsins History of the Russian Empire
Translation: German (M. Hube), Engl. (D. Lloyd-Jones)
Place and time: Moscow and environment, Court of the Novodevichy Monastery, Tshudov Monastery, Roadside Inn near the Lithuanian frontier, Tsar's Chamber in Kremlin, Castle of Sandomir, Kromy Forest, 1598-1605

Characters: Boris Godunov (baritone) - Feodor and Xenia, his Children (mezzo-soprano, soprano) - Wet Nurse Xenias (alto) - Prince Wassily Ivanovitch Shuisky (tenor) - Andrej Schtschelkalov, Secret Scribe (baritone) - Pimen, Chronic Scribe (bass) - Grigory Otrepiev, later Dmitry (tenor) - Marina Mnischek, Wojewoden von Sandomir's Daughter (mezzo-soprano) - Rangoni, Secret Jew (bass) - Varlaam and Missail, escaped Monks (bass, tenor) -Roadside Inn Landlady (mezzo-soprano) - A Simpleton (tenor) - Nikititsh, Church Advocate (bass) - a Boyar (tenor) - Boyar Chrushtschov (tenor) - Mitjucha, Farmer (baritone) - Lowitzki and Tschernjakowski, Jesuits (basses)

The Original version of 1868/69 consists of seven scenes in one prologue and three acts: 1. Courtyard of the Novodevichy monastery - 2. Square in the Kremlin. Coronation scene. - 3. Pimen's cell in the Chudov monastery - 4. Inn scene - 5. A room in the Czar's apartments in the Kremlin - 6. Outside St. Basil's Cathedral - 7. Council of Boyars. Death of Boris.

When the work was rejected by St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater Mussorgsky followed the advice of friends and revised the opera. In the Final version of 1871/72 he expanded the fifth scene scrapped the sixth and added three new scenes so that the opera now consisted of nine scenes in one prologue and four acts:

1.- 4. see 1868/69 - 5. A room in the Czar's apartments in the Kremlin - 6. Marina's boudoir in Sandomir - 7. Palace park in Sandomir - 8. Council of Boyars. Death of Boris - 9. In the forest of Kromy (Revolution scene)

The score published under the supervision of Pavel Lamm in the Complete Edition (1928) and the piano reduction (1931) contain the parts of both versions transmitted in score as well as in the piano reduction all the changes made by Mussorgsky in his piano reduction of 1874. The performance material can thus be used for a production of either the original version or the final version according to need.

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