Musorgskij e i ricordi di infanzia: Tracce liriche e musicali in Detskaja

Daniele Artoni


This essay aims at finding autobiographical traces of Modest Musorgsky’s childhood in his composition Detskaia – The Nursery (1873). Musorgsky is the author of both the music and the lyrics. He structured the piece from a child’s point of view, which is characterised by incoherence and behavioural gaps. This total immersion in the child’s world is further enhanced by the structure of the music, which is free from the western tenets and rich in rhythm variations and dissonant harmonies. Letters, biographies and autobiographical sketches are precious sources for finding connections between the child’s world and Musorgsky’s vision of childhood, based on his own. 


Musorgsky; Childhood; Detskaia; Music; Autobiographical traces

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Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture

Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari
Via Elisabetta Vendramini 13
35137 PADOVA

ISSN: 2281-6992
Registrazione del Tribunale di Padova 23-04-2013, n. 2326 Registro della Stampa,
Variazione: Tribunale di Padova 27-10-2014, n. 3197 Registro della Stampa.

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