The Stone Guest (Dargomyzhsky, Aleksandr)
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- For César Cui's orchestral introduction, omitted from this edition, see Introduction to 'The Stone Guest' (Cui, César).
Title page of original edition, with editorial note explaining the circumstances
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St. Petersburg: V. Bessel & Co., 1871. Plate 153.
Censor's approval date on p.126; Laura's 2nd song, pp.37-40, has plate no.153a; Act II adds plate no.153б (from 2nd edition).
- For Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral introduction, included in this edition, see Introduction to 'The Stone Guest' (Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay).
Russian / German
St. Petersburg: W. Bessel, 1902. Plate 5623.
Preliminaries add plate number 153 from 1st edition; pp.184-185 blank in the exemplar scanned.
Russian / German / French
St. Petersburg: W. Bessel, 1902. Plate 5623
Moscow: Muzyka, 1932. Plate M. 9149 Г.
|Work Title||Каменный гость|
|Alternative Title||Le convive de pierre = Der steinerne Gast|
|Movements/Sections||3 acts, 4 tableaux|
|Year/Date of Composition||1866-1869; completed after the composer's death by Cui and orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov|
|Librettist||Aleksandr Pushkin (1799–1837)|
|Language||Russian (rev. ed. of 1906 by Rimsky-Korsakov includes French and German texts)|
|Composer Time Period||Romantic|
|Instrumentation||voices, chorus with orchestra|
This opera was left unfinished by Dargomyzhsky at his death. According to his wishes, Cui completed composition of the end of Act 1, Tableau 1, and Rimsky-Korsakov orchestrated the entire opera. The latter also rewrote a few passages which are marked in the vocal score with Dargomyzhsky's originals. Along with Cui's orchestral introduction (published separately from the vocal score), these circumstances explain the edition of 1871.
Many years later Rimsky-Korsakov re-edited and re-orchestrated the entire work and composed a new introduction; this constitutes the revised edition of 1902 and is the standard version.