By Nicholas Rzhevsky

Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. the way to snatch it? This lecture room reader is designed to reply to that challenge. The literary works chosen for inclusion during this anthology introduce the middle cultural and old issues of Russia's civilisation. every one textual content has resonance through 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 via introductions, precious 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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Distributed by Hollywood Home Theater, 1980. Kniaz¢ Igor¢ (Prince Igor). Director, Roman Tikhomirov. P. Borodin. Kirov Opera and Ballet. Lenfilm. 1969. 3 Of his other virtues we shall speak elsewhere, there is not time now, but of such things we shall speak in due course. 4 Among these sons Vyseslav* was the eldest, and after him came Izjaslav. The third was Svjatopolk, who conceived this evil murder. 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.

His mother, from that hour of his wedding when they searched for him and did not find him, entered into her chamber, shuttered up the windows, put on sackcloth, and strewed ashes on her head. " After he had served seventeen years on the porch of the Church of the Holy Mother of God, it pleased God that the Holy Mother of God should < previous page page_34 next page > < previous page page_35 next page > Page 35 appear to the sacristan in a dream, saying, "Bring the Man of God into my church, for he is worthy of the kingdom of heaven, for his prayer is like the fragrance of fine myrrh.

And just as the fatal wound was visited upon him, so after death eternal torment. Thus was he deprived of both lives. Here he lost not only his princedom but also his life, and there he was < previous page page_30 next page > < previous page page_31 next page > Page 31 not only bereft of the kingdom of heaven and life with the angels but was given over to torment and fire. And his grave exists even to this day, and from it issues an evil stench for the edification of men. 50 Whoever acquits himself so after hearing of such things will receive the same, and even more than this.

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