The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan (Russian: «Сказка о царе Салтане, о сыне его славном и могучем богатыре князе Гвидоне Салтановиче и о прекрасной царевне Лебеди», tr. Skazka o tsare Saltane, o syne ...
- The Tale of Tsar Saltan
- Сказка о царе Салтане (1831), by Александр Сергеевич Пушкин (Alexander Pushkin)
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The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Russian: Сказка о царе Салтане, tr. Skazka o Tsare Saltane listen (help·info)) is an opera in four acts with a prologue (a total of seven scenes) by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The libretto was written by Vladimir Belsky, and is based on the 1831 poem of the same name by Aleksandr Pushkin.
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The Tale of Tsar Saltan is a 1984 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by Lev Milchin and Ivan Ivanov-Vano and produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio. It is an adaptation of the 1831 poem of the same name by Aleksandr Pushkin. There are few words in the film besides those of the poem itself, which is read from beginning to end by the narrator and the voice actors. Some portions of the poem are skipped.
Nearly identical to that of the original poem. Three maidens under a window spun late in the evening … And then much that was: both love, and slander, both treachery, and miracles, and set of magic adventures, and thirty three athletes, and, of course, happy end … Adventures of the brave tsarevitch Gvidon, the great tsarevna-Swan and the tsar Saltan will remind that love, fidelity and strength of mind always win!
Fellow film director Yuri Norstein, who had previously worked with Ivanov-Vano, praised Tsar Saltan's direction
The Tale of Tsar Saltan was first released on home video in the early 1990s, by film association Krupny Plan. Several years later, Krupny Plan again issued the film, in a VHS collection that contained other animated adaptations of Pushkin's fairy tales. The film was later released by original producer Soyuzmultfilm. In the 2000s it was reissued on DVD by both Soyuzmultfilm and Krupny Plan, and in 2003 with Soyuzmultfilm's collection "A Gold Collection of Favourite Cartoons”.
The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan (Russian: «Сказка о царе Салтане, о сыне его славном и могучем богатыре князе Гвидоне Салтановиче и о прекрасной царевне Лебеди», romanized: Skazka o tsare Saltane, o ...
- Composition History
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- Principal Orchestral Numbers and Concert Excerpts
- Gallery of Illustrations
The plot of the opera generally follows that of Pushkin's fairy-tale poem, with the addition of some characters, some expansion (particularly for Act 1), and some compression (mostly by reducing Gvidon's three separate trips to one). The libretto by Belsky borrows many lines from and largely emulates the style of Pushkin's poem, which is written in couplets of trochaic tetrameter. The music is composed in the manner of Rimsky-Korsakov's operas after Snowmaiden, i.e., having a more or less continuous musical texture throughout a tableau system, broken up here and there by song-like passages.
The première was held in Moscow on 3 November (O.S. 21 October) 1900 at the Solodovnikov Theatre conducted by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov with scenic design by Mikhail Vrubel. The St. Petersburg premiere took place in 1902 at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, conducted by Zelyonïy. Other notable performances included those in 1906 at the Zimin Opera, Moscow, conducted by Ippolitov-Ivanov; 1913 at the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow, conducted by Emil Cooper, with scenic design by Konstantin Korovin; and 1915 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, conducted by Albert Coates, with scenic design by Korovin and Aleksandr Golovin. On September 14 [O.S. September 1] 1911, while he was attending a performance of the opera at the Kiev Opera House in the presence of the Tsar and his family, the Russian Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin was shot twice, once in the arm and once in the chest, dying two days later; his assassin, Dmitri Bogrov, was both a leftist radical and an agent of the Okhrana. The U...Time: UnspecifiedPlace: Partly in the city of Tmutarakan and partly on the island of Buyan
A link to the Russian-English libretto with transliteration: http://aquarius-classic.ru/album?aid=188&tid=7&ver=eng
Act 1 1. Introduction–"The Tsar's Departure And Farewell" Act 2 1. Introduction–"The Tsaritsa and Her Son Afloat in the Barrel" Act 3 1. "Flight of the Bumblebee", heard frequently in concert. Act 4 1. Introduction to Scene 2–"The Three Wonders" - a major concert piece. Suite from the Opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57(1903) 1. Сюита из оперы Сказка о царе Салтане, соч. 57 1. Introduction to Act I: "The Tsar's Departure And Farewell" 2. Introduction to Act II: "The Tsaritsa and Her Son Afloat in the Barrel" 3. Introduction to Act IV, Tableau 2: "The Three Wonders" («Три чуда») The "Flight of the Bumblebee" is also performed in various arrangements at concerts and recitals, but is not part of the Suite.
Ivan Bilibin made the following illustrations for Pushkin's tale in 1905. Bilibin would later provide designs for the premieres of Rimsky-Korsakov's version of Boris Godunov (1908), and The Golden Cockerel(1909). The "Flight of the mosquito" episode was not included in the opera by Rimsky-Korsakov (nor that of the fly) for the sake of brevity, but Bilibin's illustration otherwise corresponds to the "Flight of the Bumblebee" from Act 3. 1. Tsar Saltan at the window (Prologue) 2. The island of Buyan (Act 2) 3. Flight of the mosquito
Audio Recordings (Mainly studio recordings) Source: www.operadis-opera-discography.org.uk 1. The Tale of Tsar Saltan - 1959, Vasily Nebolsin (conductor), Bolshoy Theatre Orchestra and Chorus, Ivan Petrov(Tsar Saltan), Evgeniya Smolenskaya (Tsaritsa Militrisa), Larisa Nikitina (Tkachikha), Yelizaveta Shumilova (Povarikha), Evgeniya Verbitskaya (Babarikha), Vladimir Ivanovsky (Tsarevich Gvidon), Galina Oleinichenko (Tsarevna Swan-bird) 2. The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Albina Shagimuratova as the Swan-Princess; Irina Churilova, as Tsaritsa Militrisa, Edward Tsanga as the Tsar, Mikhail Vekua as Prince Guidon, Elena Vitman as the matchmaker Babarikha, Varvara Solovyova as the Weaver, Irina Vasilieva as the cook. Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev2016 recording ; Blu-ray/DVD 2017
Notes Sources 1. Abraham, Gerald (1939). "IX.-- Tsar Saltan". On Russian Music. London:: William Reeves, The New Temple Press. pp. 122–137.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) 2. Holden, Amanda (Ed.), The New Penguin Opera Guide, New York: Penguin Putnam, 2001. ISBN 0-14-029312-4 3. Neff, Lyle. "The Tale of Tsar Saltan: A Centenary Appreciation of Rimskij-Korsakov's Second Puškin Opera," in The Pushkin Review, v. 2, 1999, pp. 89–133.
The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Russian: Сказка о царе Салтане, romanized: Skazka o tsare Saltane) is a 1966 film based on the eponymous tale by Alexander Pushkin, directed by Alexander Ptushko.