4 Romances, Op.2 (Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay)

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Editor Maksimilian Steinberg (1883-1946)
Andrey Rimsky-Korsakov (1878-1940)
Publisher. Info. N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov: Complete Collected Works, vol.45 (Полное собрание сочинений).
Moscow: Muzgiz, 1946. Plate M. ? Г.
Reprinted Moscow: Muzyka, 1969. Plate 5916.
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Editor Ernest Newman (1868-1959)
Translator Robert H. Hamilton, English text
Publisher. Info. From the collection Modern Russian Songs. Boston: O. Ditson, 1919.
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Misc. Notes Original artsong in D major, for low voice. Despite the indications at the top of this piece, it was modified somewhat (besides being transposed to E major) for the opera The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga, Op.54, which itself derives from the first act of Mey's play The Maid of Pskov and constitutes the separable prologue to the composer's opera of the same name.
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Work Title 4 Romances
Alternative. Title 4 Романcа
Composer Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.2
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 songs:
  1. Lean Thy Cheek to Mine (Щекою к щеке ты моей приложись)
  2. Eastern Song: The Nightingale Enslaved by the Rose
(Восточный романс: «Пленившись розой, соловей»)
  1. Lullaby (Колыбельная песня: «Баю, баюшки баю»)
  2. From My Tears (Из слез моих)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1865–66
First Publication. 1866 – St. Petersburg: Bessel
Librettist Various:
1, 4. Mikhail Mikhaylov (1829–1865), after Heinrich Heine (1797–1856)
2. Aleksey Koltsov (1809–1842)
3. Lev Mey (1822–1862)
Language Russian
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voice + Piano
Related Works A modified version of No.3 was used in the opera The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga, Op.54.
External Links The LiederNet Archive
Extra Information The piano part of No.1 was supposedly written by Mily Balakirev.