Alina Zvonareva

Dante's travel to the end of the 19th - early 20th centuries Russia and Rachmaninov's «Francesca da Rimini»

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Keywords: Sergei Rachmaninov; Francesca da Rimini; Reception of Dante; «Silver Age» of Russian Culture; Libretto Studies; interconnections between Literature and Music; Dmitry Merezhkovsky; Alexandr Blok; Osip Mandelštam.

This article explores the relations between the opera "Francesca da Rimini" by Sergei Rachmaninov and Dante's episode that inspired it ("Inferno V"). The libretto is studied in a broader context of the reception of the episode of Francesca in the 19th and early 20th centuries Russian literature: poems by Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Valery Bryusov, Vyacheslav Ivanov and Alexandr Blok, and an essay by Osip Mandel'štam are taken into account. In the analysis of the libretto, attention is also paid to elements derived from Boccaccio's commentary on Dante's Comedy.

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