Authors Archives: Brett Cooke

Musical Truth in Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov

Abstract: Our interest in the role played by social intelligence in politics suffices to generate much of the aesthetic attraction of Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Not only is the opera a remarkably faithful reenactment of Russia’s dynastic struggle in 1598-1605, it is replete with cases of deceit and also passages of unprecedented psychological insight. The composer’s […]

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