Dargomïzhsky and His <i>Stone Guest</i>

Richard Taruskin

in On Russian Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520249790
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942806 | DOI:
Dargomïzhsky and His Stone Guest

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This chapter discusses Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomïzhsky and his final opera, The Stone Guest, an opera that is known more for its historical significance than as an actual repertoire piece. Dargomïzhsky's style in this work sounds more cosmopolitan than specifically Russian, and because it is a setting of the Don Juan story, its color is frequently Spanish. The Stone Guest was considered a revolutionary piece in its time, though, because of the composer's astute and idiomatic setting of the Russian language, using a kind of lyrical, declamatory arioso rather than recitatives and arias, which proved to be particularly influential for later Russian composers.

Keywords: Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomïzhsky; Don Juan; Stone Guest; Russian composers; declamatory arioso

Chapter.  2667 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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