The Image of Yaromir in the Artistic System of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Opera- Ballet “Mlada

Keywords: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the opera-ballet “Mlada” by Rimsky-Korsakov, myth in opera, the image of Yaromir.


The article is devoted to the image of Yaromir
in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera-ballet
“Mlada,” a mythological work in its structure and
content. Russian musicology does not include a
systematic research work from such an angle,
and this stipulated the topicality of the present
The image of Yaromir is examined in a
complex form, highlighting the characteristic
means of musical expressivity, related to
intonation, timbre, texture and modality-tonality.
In conclusion, it is emphasized that Yaromir
is a complex character. At first he appears in
heroic light as the Prince of Arkona. Passing
through peripetiae of mystically conditioned
circumstances in the confrontation between
the forces of Good and Evil, in the struggle for
happiness within the framework of the lyrical
triangle (Voyislava – Mlada), Yaromir perishes
physically, but is elevated in the spiritual realm.
Above all his trials is only Love.

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