Lot 721: Eminent Russian composer (1844–1908) best known for such brilliantly orchestrated works as Scheherazade and for operatic staples like Sadko, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, and The Golden Cockerel. Scarce and extremely desirable 4 x 5.75 cabinet photo of Rimsky-Korsakov seated in a three-quarter length pose, boldly inscribed at the top in Russian and signed "N. R.-Korsakov," and dated December 24, 1906. Matted to an overall size of 5.75 x 8.25. In very good condition, with scattered surface marks and stains, and the ends of the signature and date light but mostly legible. Rimsky-Korsakov began working on the The Golden Cockerel in 1906, drawing inspiration from the political unrest in the region to write an opera satirizing the autocracy, Russian imperialism, and the Russo-Japanese War. The controversial opera was immediately banned by the Palace and went unstaged until 1909, not premiering until after Rimsky-Korsakov's death.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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