DOI: 10.18413/2408-932X-2024-10-1-1-0

"The Tale of Tsar Saltan" by A. S. Pushkin and N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov (some comparisons)

The article presents the experience of comparing A.S. Pushkin's The Tale of Tsar Saltan and N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov's opera written after Pushkin's fairy tale based on the libretto by V.I. Belsky. It is substantiated that Pushkin's fairy tale with its high "Märchenhaftigkeit" (measure of fairy tale) (K. Eimermacher), "fairy tale twice" (D.N. Medrish), with hermeneutic adequacy is presented in N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov's musical perceptions, interpretations and creative development. Sound-symbolic, rhythmo-metric, stylistic-syntactic, lado-harmonic and other semantic overlaps that occur between the two works and give an understanding of their common "measure of fairy tale" are clarified. Attention is also paid to the semantic transformations of Pushkin's art-historical concepts of time in the opera orchestral interlude “The Flight of the Bumblebee”. A comparative analysis of the two tales definitely reveals some common ground in the overall research perspective.

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