RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, NIKOLAI ANDREEVICH. 1844-1908.
Autograph Musical Manuscript, 2 p recto and verso, oblong folio, being the piano arrangement of two sections from "Play and Dance of the Stars" in Part 6 of the opera Noch pered Rozhdestvom [Christmas Eve], ink with some emendations in pencil and blue crayon on heavy paper. Overall discoloring.
Provenance: gift from Vasilli Vasilevich Yastrebtsov to Gerda Frishfield.
Rimsky-Korsakov wrote both the libretto and music for the opera Noch pered Rozhdestvom, based on a short story by Gogol. It was first produced in St. Petersburg in 1895. Tchaikovsky wrote an opera based on the same story. The manuscript comprises the composer's piano arrangements of the last twelve bars of the Mazurka and the first four bars of the trio on the recto as well as the first twenty-four bars of the March of the Comets, including the first eight bars of the violin solo. Yatrebtsov was Rimsky-Korsakov's friend and biographer. Included with the manuscript is the original green cardboard backing when it was framed and on which Yastrebtsov has written: "To the nicest and most charming Gerda Frishfield, as a sign of my endless affection to her, and her talent. Sincerely committed, her dedicated admirer. V. Yastrebtsоv. February 24, 1925."