( The Nursery Russian: , Детская Detskaya, literally Children's [Room]) is a song cycle by Modest Mussorgsky set to his own lyrics, composed between 1868 and 1872.
The cycle was published in two series. Only the first two songs survive of the second series.
Song Data [ edit ]
Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky 1872
In the Corner
Viktor Gartman 1872
Vladimir Stasov 1872
With the Doll
Tanyushka and Goga Musorgsky
На сон грядущий
На Даче 1
Поехал на палочке
Ride on a Hobby Horse
На Даче 2
The Cat 'Sailor'
На Даче 3
На Даче 4
Synopses [ edit ]
Series 1: The Nursery [ edit ]
1. With Nanny ( B-flat major)
A child begs the nurse to tell a story, first about the awful bogey-man who carries naughty children into the forest and devours them, and later about a fairy-tale Tsar and Tsaritsa who live in a rich palace by the sea.
2. In the Corner ( F major)
The nurse berates Mishenka for spoiling her knitting and sends him to the corner.
3. The Beetle (F major)
A child relates to the nurse an encounter with a large beetle.
4. With the Doll ( A-flat major)
A child sings a lullaby to her doll.
5. At Bedtime (A-flat major)
A child recites his prayers.
Series 2: At the Dacha [ edit ]
The two surviving songs of Series 2 (
Russian: «На Даче», Na Dache, At the Dacha) along with new edition of the five songs of Series 1, were published by V. Bessel and Co. in 1908.
1. Ride on a Hobby Horse ( D-flat major)
A child relating his imaginary journey to Yukki on a stick (hobby horse) falls, injures himself, and resumes his journey.
2. The Cat 'Sailor' ( A major)
A child foils the attempt by Matros ("Sailor") the cat to catch the family canary.
A child's fantastic dream
4. [Unknown title]
A quarrel between two children
An orchestral (no voice) version was arranged by
Peter Breiner and recorded in 2012 by him with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on Naxos.
References [ edit ]
Calvocoressi, M.D., Abraham, G., Mussorgsky, 'Master Musicians' Series, London: J.M.Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1974 Calvocoressi, M.D.,
Modest Mussorgsky: His Life and Works, London: Rockliff, 1956 Orlova, A.,
Mussorgsky Remembered, translated by Zaytsev, V. and Morrison, F., Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991 Unknown compiler, notes to Moussorgsky: Integrale des Melodies CD recording by Boris Christoff, EMI Records Ltd, 1989
External links [ edit ]