Prisoner of the Caucasus (Cui, César)

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Circassian Dances (Act III, No.18)

 Complete Score
#82276 - 6.70MB, 57 (tp, bl, #1-55) pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - V/V/V - 292x

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 Color cover
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SIBLEY1802.12999.d730-39087009471006score.pdf
Publisher Info.:

St. Petersburg: W. Bessel & Co., n.d.[ca.1883]. Plates 1481a-1481b.

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This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project.

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 No.18. Title page
#15417 - 0.09MB, 1 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 87x

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 No.18a. Women's Dance
#15418 - 5.44MB, 26 (#1-26) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 99x

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 No.18b. Men's Dance (Lezginka)
#15419 - 5.47MB, 29 (#27-55) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 122x

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Cui Kav 18Dances orch 00.pdf
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St. Petersburg: W. Bessel & Co., n.d.[ca.1883]. Plates 1481a-1481b.

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1882 version (Russian)

 Title page and preliminaries
#14751 - 0.15MB, 3 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 106x

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 Overture, arr. for piano 4-hands
#14752 - 3.19MB, 20 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 164x

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 Act I, No.1: Eastern Prayer
#14753 - 0.37MB, 3 (#22-24) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 95x

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 Act I, No.2: Duet of Fatima and Her Father
#14754 - 1.76MB, 10 (#25-34) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 84x

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 Act I, No.3: Aria of Fatima
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 Act I, No.4: Chorus of Circassians Returning from a Raid
#14889 - 1.54MB, 9 (#42-50) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 75x

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 Act I, No.5: Quartet
#14890 - 3.06MB, 17 (#51-67) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 72x

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 Act I, No.6: Aria of the Prisoner
#14891 - 0.83MB, 5 (#68-72) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 95x

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 Act I, No.7: Duet of Fatima and the Prisoner
#14892 - 1.25MB, 7 (#73-79) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 75x

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 Act I, No.8: Finale I (aria of Kazenbek with chorus)
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Cui Kav 00 russ1pv.pdf
Arranger:

Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova (née Purgold, 1848–1919), arranger of overture

Publisher Info.:

St. Petersburg: W. Bessel & Co., n.d.[ca.1883]. Plates 122, 1459–61a,б; 1463-65

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Balakirev reorchestrated the overture in 1861.

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 Act II, No.9: Introduction and Women's Little Chorus
#14945 - 1.93MB, 12 (#91-102) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 67x

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 Act II, No.10: Recitative Scene and Arioso of Mariam
#14946 - 1.52MB, 9 (#103-111) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 66x

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 Act II, No.11: Duet of Fekherdin and Kazenbek
#14947 - 1.66MB, 10 (#112-121) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 65x

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 Act II, No 13: Aria of Abubeker
#14955 - 1.04MB, 6 (#130-135) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 99x

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 Act II, No.14: Duettino of Abubeker and Fatima
#14956 - 0.84MB, 5 (#136-140) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 69x

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 Act II, No 15: Chorus (with gifts)
#14957 - 1.89MB, 10 (#141-150) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 65x

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 Act II, No.16: Finale II (sextet with chorus)
#14958 - 1.44MB, 9 (#151-159) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 60x

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Cui Kav 09 1Russ pv.PDF
Publisher Info.:

St. Petersburg: W. Bessel & Co., n.d.[ca.1883]. Plates 1465a-1473a.

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Plate numbers employed:
1465a, 1466, 1466a, 1467, 1467a, 1468, 1468a, 1469, 1469a, 1470, 1471, 1472, 1473, 1473a

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 Act III, No.17: Festive Chorus
#14984 - 2.71MB, 18 (#160-177) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 69x

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 Act III, No.18: Dances [Recitative]
#15003 - 0.33MB, 2 (#178-179) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 74x

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 Act III, No.18a: [Women's Dance], arr. piano 4-hands
#15004 - 1.46MB, 10 (#180-189) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 65x

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 Act III, No.18b: [Men's Dance], arr. piano 4-hands
#15005 - 2.09MB, 14 (#190-202) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 67x

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 Act III, No.19: Circassian Song
#15006 - 1.02MB, 7 (#204-210) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 70x

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 Act III, No.20: Recitative Scene, Duet of Abubeker and Fatima
#15007 - 2.90MB, 17 (#211-227) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 62x

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 Act III, No.21: Cavatina of the Prisoner
#15008 - 0.52MB, 4 (#228-231) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 68x

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 Act III, No.22: Duet of the Prisoner and Fatima
#15009 - 1.33MB, 9 (#232-240) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 65x

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 Act III, No.23: Finale
#15010 - 0.80MB, 5 (#241-245) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 62x

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Cui Kav 17 1Russ pv.PDF
Publisher Info.:

St. Petersburg: W. Bessel & Co., n.d.[ca.1883]. Plates 1474-1480a.

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Plate numbers employed:
1474, 1474a, 1475, 1476, 1476a, 1477, 1477a, 1478, 1479, 1480, 1480a

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1885 version (French)

 Complete Score
#132410 - 19.08MB, 261 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 93x

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 Preliminaries and Overture
#26755 - 2.68MB, 8 (facing #2-14) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 96x

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 Act I
#26756 - 13.24MB, 40 (facing #15-93) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 78x

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 Act II
#26757 - 11.13MB, 47 (facing #94-137) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 75x

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 Act III
#26758 - 9.67MB, 37 (facing #138-261) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 79x

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PMLP35790-Cui - Le prisonnier du Caucase VS rsl.pdf
Translator:

Mr. Guthals (or Goethals?), French text (not credited)

Publisher Info.:

St. Petersburg: W. Bessel & Co., 1885. Plate 595 (Overture, Dances)

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Translator not cited on the score, but is identified as Гутгальс in a letter from Borodin to his wife (E.S. Borodina), December 25, 1885, in Письма А.П. Бородина [Letters of A. P. Borodin] (Moscow: Gos. muz. izd.-vo, 1928-1950), t. 4, p. 169.
Censor's date at end.
Overture and dances arranged for piano solo (see 1882 Russian ed. for piano 4-hand arrangements).

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Overture

For Piano 4 hands (Purgold)

 Complete score
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Cui Kav 00 ov russ1pv 4hands p2-21 pl122.pdf
Arranger:

Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova (née Purgold, 1848–1919)

Publisher Info.:

St. Petersburg: W. Bessel & Co., n.d.[ca.1870]. Plate 122

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Public Domain [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Balakirev reorchestrated the overture in 1861.
N.N. (Nadezhda Nikolaevna) Purgold, the arranger of this piano 4-hand transcription, became the wife of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. Given the plate number and the use of her maiden name in this publication, this arrangement had to have been published originally much earlier than the complete opera, but was nevertheless included in the first piano-vocal score. (Carolus: She married R-K in July 1872; this publication might be from 1870 or even earlier. To date this is IMSLP's earliest Bessel title.)

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For Piano solo (Dütsch)

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 Overture, arranged for piano solo
#15065 - 1.09MB, 13 (#2-14) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 107x

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Cui Kav Fre pv 00.PDF
Arranger:

Georgy Dütsch (1857–1891)

Publisher Info.:

St. Petersburg: W. Bessel & Co., 1885. Plates 1842, 595

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Public Domain [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Extracted from the 1885 French edition of the vocal score (see above)
The 1842 plate number is on the first page of the Overture only, all later pages are 595.

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Circassian Dances (Act III, No.18)

Piano solo (Dütsch)

 Title page
#15311 - 0.05MB, 1 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 61x

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 No.18b. [Men's] Dance
#15312 - 0.74MB, 10 (#136-145) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 95x

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Cui Kav pnsolo 00.pdf
Arranger:

Georgy Dütsch (1857–1891)

Publisher Info.:

St. Petersburg: W. Bessel & Co., 1885. Plate 595.

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Public Domain [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

This piano-solo score follows the music of the original Russian edition of 1882 rather than the later French ed. or the 2nd Russian ed. The sung text is not included in this piano-solo score. Like the piano 4-hand arrangement of the first Russian edition, there is no cut (before the 3/4 coda) in this version of the [Men's] Dance.

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 No.18a. [Women's Dance]
#15068 - 0.51MB, 7 (#207-213) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 80x

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 No.18b. [Men's Dance]
#15070 - 0.76MB, 9 (#214-222) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - V/V/V - 56x

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Cui Kav Fre pv 18a.pdf
Publisher Info.:

St. Petersburg: W. Bessel & Co., 1885. Plate 595.

Copyright:

Public Domain [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Extracted from the 1885 French edition of the vocal score (see above). A portion of the Men's Dance (before the 3/4 coda) is cut in this edition and in the full score; see the piano 4-hand arrangement from the 1st Russian ed. and the piano-solo arrangement.

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General Information

Work Title Prisoner of the Caucasus
Alternative Title The Prisoner in the Caucasus ; Кавказский пленник ; Le prisonnier du Caucase
Composer Cui, César
Movements/Sections 3 acts (overture + 24 numbers)
Overture
Act I
1. Eastern prayer (men's chorus)
2. Duet of Fatima and Her Father
3. Aria of Fatima
4. Chorus of Circassians Returning from a Raid
5. Quartet
6. Aria of the Prisoner
7. Duet of Fatima and the Prisoner
8. Finale (aria of Kazenbek with chorus)
Act II
9. Introduction and Women's Little Chorus
10. Recitative Scene and Arioso of Mariam
11. Duet of Fekherdin and Kazenbek
12. Duettino of Fatima and Mariam, and Little Chorus of Abubeker's Friends
13. Aria of Abubeker
14. Duettino of Abubeker and Fatima
15. Chorus (with gifts)
16. Finale (sextet with chorus)
Act III
17. Festive Chorus
18. Dances
Recitative
18a. [Women's Dance]
18b. [Men's Dance]
19. Circassian Song
20. Recitative Scene and Duet of Abubeker and Fatima
21. Cavatina of the Prisoner
22. Duet of the Prisoner and Fatima
23. Finale
Year/Date of Composition 1857-58; 1881-82; 1885
First Performance 1883-02-16 – St. Petersburg: Maryinsky Theatre
First Publication 1882 – St. Petersburg: Bessel
Librettist Viktor Krylov (1838-1906) [not credited on score]
Language Russian; also French translation in 1885
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices with orchestra
External Links Wikipedia article
Extra Information Version History

The original version of this opera, from 1857-58, was in two acts and did not get past rehearsals. The 2nd version of 1881-82 gained a new middle (2nd) act and the Women's Dance of Act III and was published in Russian, with a premiere in 1883. For the 1886 Western premiere in Liege, Belgium, Cui added further music to the beginning of the finale of the 2nd act, thus engendering in 1885 the French edition and a 2nd Russian edition.

The opera was published in 3 piano-vocal scores (the 2 Russian editions and the one French edition), a piano-solo score, and at least one full score. The overture, dances, and Circassian Song were published separately in full score as well.


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