Musical Truth in Musorgskys Boris Godunov Academic Article uri icon


  • Our interest in the role played by social intelligence in politics suffices to generate much of the aesthetic attraction of Musorgskys Boris Godunov. Not only is the opera a remarkably faithful reenactment of Russias dynastic struggle in 1598-1605, it is replete with cases of deceit and also passages of unprecedented psychological insight. The composers pursuit of musical truth anticipates much of the modern Machiavellian intelligence hypothesis.

published proceedings

  • Politics and Culture

author list (cited authors)

  • Cooke, L. B.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010 11:11 AM