Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Open Access Thesis


School of Music

First Advisor

Kunio Hara


This thesis is comprised of two case studies of the works Ruslan and Lyudmila and the Mystic Chorus, which were composed by two nineteenth century Russian composers Mikhail Glinka (1804–1857) and César Cui (1835–1918). The Chapter on Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila trances the influence of German romantic thought on the opera as a reinterpretation. The theories of Novalis” (1772–1801); Friedrich Schlegel (1772–1829); and E.T.A. Hoffman (1776–1822) contribute to the reinterpretation of the opera as a dream that privileges German romantic ideas over Russia nationalistic ones. The Chapter on Cui’s Mystic Chorus, on the other hand, focuses on mysticism and the influence of Dante’s Divina Commedia. Being a lesser-known work, the Mystic Chorus does not fit the traditional mold of a Russian nationalistic work but instead shows influences of western European romanticism. These case studies aim to display and elevate the romantic tendencies of each piece to counter the excessive role nationalism has contributed to the scholarship of Russian romantic compositions.


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