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Parasya's Dumka from the Opera "The Sorochintsy Fa
for soprano and piano

Composer: Mussorgsky, Modest
Arranger: Schebalin, Wissarion (Ergnzung, Instrumentation)
Genre: Opera
Instrumentation: 3,2,2,2 - 4,2 Kornette,2,3,1 - Pk, Schl, Harfe, Klav, Streicher


Hustle and bustle reigns at the Fair at Sorochinzy: merchants offer their wares, boys and girls flirt noisily and jokingly. A Gypsy holds his listeners spellbound with the gruesome story of the Blood-Red Jacket. The farmers daughter Parasia and the young Grizko fall in love and decide to get married. Cherevik, Parasias father, declares himself in agreement with the choice of son-in-law after some grumbling. When he comes home very drunk, he is properly chastised by his wife Chivria; besides that, the lazy swain Grizko as the groom for her step-daughter is out of the question. Then the Gypsy proposes to Grizko that he will make sure that Cherevik agrees to the wedding
Chivria shoos her husband, who has awakened from his stupor, out of the house, for she awaits the priests son, her young lover. In the middle of the most beautiful intimacy deux, they are disturbed by Cherevik, who has returned with all kinds of guests. The priests son is quickly hidden away and the unexpected guests start to consume the delicacies on the table. During cheerful drinking, the tale of the Blood-red Jacket is once again told for all its worth. They listen attentively to the uncanny story, and when the window bursts and a grotesque face looks in, all are overcome by panic and rush out as quickly as possible. Fleeing from the ghost, Cherevik and his relative run into the arms of a group of swains, by whom they are held as alleged thieves. Grisko appears on the scene as rescuer in time of need, but frees the two older ones only after the farmer has approved of Parasias marriage to Grizko. The young bridegroom happily sells the
promised ox to the Gypsy as the fee for his help, and when Grizko goes to his brides house the next day, not even the objections of the protesting Chivria can prevent a happy wedding.

In printed editions:

Mussorgski, Modest
  • The Sorochintsi Fair
    Opera in 3 acts after Nikolai Gogol
    Instrumentation/voices: Klav
    Edition no.: SIK2205
    Edition: Piano Score or Piano Reduction including solo part
    Price: € 65,00 incl. VAT plus delivery