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Pes'n Saula pered boyem 'Tsar Saul. Song of Saul before battle'

author of text
Song of Saul, before his last battle
translator of text

Tsar Saul: Song of Saul before battle is the twelfth song in the collection of early works titled Yuniye Gody (Youthful Years), dating from 1857 to 1866 by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881). This translation of Byron's Song of Saul before his last battle is by Pavel Kozlov, a competent poet/translator who spent much of his time in Italy and France. Kozlov provided the text for this dramatic setting of 1863 which, in characteristic fashion, the composer rewrote and later orchestrated. This is the second version and the declamatory style and piano fanfares are a foretaste of the opera Khovanshchina and The Field Marshal' from Songs and Dances of Death.

from notes by Edward Morgan © 2001


English Poets, Russian Romances


Track 12 on CDA67274 [2'37]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67274 track 12

Recording date
1 September 2000
Recording venue
Studio 1, The State House of Broadcasting and Audio-Recording, Moscow, Russia
Recording producer
Alexander Volkov
Recording engineer
Alexander Volkov
Hyperion usage
  1. English Poets, Russian Romances (CDA67274)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: September 2001
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