FEBRUARY 15, 2019
10am Hawaii – 12pm PST – 1pm MST – 2pm CST – 3pm EST
Duration: 15 mins
Presented by Anna Nehyba, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Part 1 – explanation of the tale
Sadko, a poor musician from Novgorod, is the main character of an ancient Eastern Slavic bylina. He played the gusli at the seaside and it pleased the sea god, who then helped him become wealthy. Later, he offered himself as tribute to the sea god and in the end, he married the sea god’s daughter.
Part 2 – Repin’s painting
The famous painter Ilya Repin created his own rendition of this story in 1867. On the painting, one can see how Sadko is choosing his wife amongst the sea god’s many daughters.
Part 3 – Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera
Rimsky-Korsakov wrote an opera in which he somewhat modified the tale. In this ending, Sadko marries Tsarevna Volkhova. The premier of this opera was in 1989 and many songs from this opera, including the Song of the Varangian Guest, remain famous today.