A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Alyeksandr Sergeyevich Dargomizhsky

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February 14, 1813: Alyeksandr Sergeyevich Dargomizhsky is born in Troitskoye, Tula District, Russian Empire, south of Moscow, son of Sergey Nikolayevich Dargomizhsky, a wealthy landowner, himself the illegitimate son of a nobleman, and Princess Maria Kozlovskaya, a poet.
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April 1, 1846: The Triumph of Bacchus, a cantata by Alyeksandr Sergeyevich Dargomizhsky (33) after Pushkin, is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg. See 23 January 1867.
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December 17, 1847: Esmerelda, an opera by Alyeksandr Sergeyevich Dargomizhsky (34) to his own words after Hugo, is performed for the first time, at the Bolshoy Theatre, Moscow.
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May 16, 1856: Russalka, an opera by Ayeksandr Sergeyevich Dargomizhsky (43) to his own words after Pushkin, is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg.
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December 26, 1864: Kazachok, a fantasia for orchestra by Alyeksandr Dargomizhsky (51), is performed for the first time, in Brussels.
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January 23, 1867: The Triumph of Bacchus, an opera-ballet by Alyeksandr Sergeyevich Dargomizhsky (53) to a story after Pushkin, is performed for the first time, in the Bolshoy Theatre, Moscow. See 1 April 1846.
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October 16, 1868: Modest Musorgsky (29), Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (24), Cesar Cui (33), and Sergey Dargomizhsky (55) attend the first Russian performance of Lohengrin by Richard Wagner (55) at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg. Rimsky-Korsakov recalls, “In our opinion, Lohengrin was contemptable.” They have no end of abuse for the work.
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January 17, 1869: 05:00 Alyeksandr Sergeyevich Dargomizhsky dies of an aneurism in St. Petersburg, aged 55 years, eleven months and three days. His earthly remains will be interred in Alyeksandr Nevsky Cemetery, St. Petersburg.
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March 6, 1869: The Finnish Fantasy by Alyeksandr Dargomizhsky (†0) is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg.
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January 31, 1870: Baba Yaga, a fantasia by Alyeksandr Dargomizhsky (†1), is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg.
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February 28, 1872: Kamenniy gost (The Stone Guest), an opera by Alyeksandr Dargomizhsky (†3) to words of Pushkin, completed by Cesar Cui (37) and orchestrated by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (27), is performed for the first time, in the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.
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February 27, 1887: Alyeksandr Porfiryevich Borodin attends a costume party with his two adopted daughters in the Sushchinsky lecture room of the Academy of Science, St. Petersburg, Russia. While conversing innocently he begins to slur his words and suddenly collapses to the floor. Every doctor and professor in the Academy try for an hour to revive him but to no avail. An autopsy will show a burst artery of the heart. The funeral will be attended by a large crowd and Borodin’s mortal remains will be laid to rest in the cemetery of the Alyeksandr Nevsky Monastery, St. Petersburg next to those of Modest Musorgsky (†5) and near those of Alyeksandr Dargomizhsky (†18). At the time of his death, Borodin is aged 53 years, three months, and 15 days.
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September 16, 1904: Sergey Rakhmaninov (31) conducts at the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow for the first time, in a performance of Rusalka by Dargomizhsky (†45).