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Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
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Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballet Russe, commissioned Russian composer Anatol Liadov to compose the music for a new ballet called "The Firebird." As the date for rehearsals was fast approaching, Diaghilev contacted Liadov to inquire as to the status of the work. Liadov, a notoriously lazy guy, cheerfully responded that he had just purchased some beautiful score paper. Enraged and panicky about the short time left, Diaghilev asked Rimsky Korsakov if he would perhaps recommend one of his more talented pupils to compose the work instead. He recommended Igor Stravinsky.

Liadov, scion of a wealthy, aristocratic Russian family, lived according to a then fashionable attitude among the elite known as Oblomovism, a purposely cultivated idleness that viewed any sort of work or effort as a waste of time and beneath the dignity of one of high social rank. This mind set was named for the main character of the novel, Oblomov.
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Hannah This sounds really interesting. I may check it out.

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