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Subject: Re: Eugene Onegin
From: ekaterina usilova <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 26 Aug 2017 04:25:19 +0000
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That is so impressive, that you translated Russian operas! Chapeau!

And - yes please, I would really like to get the electronic books and links.
What you say about Eugene Onegin is very true. And it is viewed here in Russia as probably the most important Russian book. Or War and Peace :-) .
Katya

      From: James L. Vendeland <[log in to unmask]>
 To: [log in to unmask] 
 Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2017 5:11 AM
 Subject: Eugene Onegin
   
Dear Group,

    Without getting into a heated discussion as to whether this opera by Tchaikovsky is a 
good one or not, allow me to make a few comments.

    Having been a student of Russian for over 23 years and working weekly with my Russian 
tutor, our emphasis for a number of years has been to translate rare Russian operas and 
romances from Russian into English.  In fact we even published a couple of electronic books 
(The Russian Mood) on some of these operas with translations of the librettos and links to 
some of the music from these operas on utube.  (I can provide complimentary to anyone 
interested.)  
    
  I have heard all of Tchaikovsky's 10 operas and translated several of them.  There is 
beauty in every one of them.  But I believe to really appreciate the opera "Eugene Onegin", 
one must read the Pushkin poem "Eugene Onegin" and there are many fine English 
translations of this magnificent poem.  All Russian school children are taught this poem.  
The opera "Eugene Onegin" goes beyond just beautiful music and song.  Both the opera and 
the poem describe the bored upper class in Russian society during the first 1/2 of the 19th 
century.  

Jim Vendeland
Cleveland



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