Rebikov Waltz from The Christmas Tree Op 21
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In 1900 Rebikov produced a seasonal opera, Yolka (known in English, if at all, as The Christmas Tree) to a libretto of texts compiled from the unlikely trio of Hans Christian Andersen, Dostoyevsky and Gerhart Hauptmann. His later operas such as The Abyss, The Woman with the Dagger and Prince Charming and Princess Beautiful, are all subtitled as ‘musico-psycholographic drama’ according to the principle of a Tolstoyan artistic manifesto which he advanced in 1900, that ‘music is the shorthand of the feelings’.