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Accordingly when the regent Boris Godunov took over following the death of Fyodor I who died without surviving issue in 1598, in the interests of both state stability and continuing Church power, a new doctrine of legitimacy was required.
This is a political history of Russia between Tsar Ivan the Terrible's death in March of 1584 and the coronation of Mikhail Feodorovich Romanov in July of 1613, a period that ended in tumultuous upheaval and was dominated until 1605 by the de facto and then official rule of Boris Godunov.
The next two chapters address the political and historical ideas contained in Boris Godunov.
The burning question of whether Shakespeare influenced Pushkin's Boris Godunov is not going to be resolved by pointing out that the False Pretender Dimitry; threatened with exposure, assumes "the self-assertive role of Angelo in Measure for Measure" (38).
Karamzin's reading of Shakespeare and his version of Julius Caesar is of interest chiefly for their influence on Alexander Pushkin and particularly the master Russian play, Boris Godunov.
If reading books evokes particular composers--and I leave it to the readers of this review to conjure their own counterparts to Parsifal, or Boris Godunov, or Mathis der Maler, or Nixon in China, or Ravel's Bolero--here is the closest the book collection of the music library will likely ever get to The Marriage of Figaro and Mendelssohn's Songs without Words.
And then there is his much acclaimed Boris Godunov - filmed in 1989 by Andrzej Zulawski.
The reception was followed by a performance of excerpts from Mussorgsky Boris Godunov, the Kingdom of the Shades scene from La Bayadere, and the Polovtsian Camp Scene from Borodins Prince Igor.
It is interesting to ponder the fact that, had the repertory committee of the Mariinsky theatre in 1870 not rejected the first version of Boris Godunov and if Musorgsky hadn't enthusiastically revised it, Boris might today only be spoken of in the same terms as The Stone Guest: with respect as a historically significant experiment rather than as a central work in the operatic canon.
Among the favorites were La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, which was staged 162 times during the year; Cosi fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a comic opera; and Boris Godunov, the dramatic opera by Modest Petrovich Moussorgsky.
Coleridge, Aids to Reflection; Pushkin, Boris Godunov