Include:s correspondence between Serge Diaghilev and Sergei Grigoriev, correspondence of other members of Ballets Russes, particularly, Lydia Sokolova; Diaghilev's contracts with dancers and other performers for Ballets Russes seasons from 1908 to 1929; notes on dance lessons and choreography, notes on productions and drafts of memoirs; and figurines of Adolf Bolm and Waslaw Nijinsky, jewelry for Ballets Russes costumes and other objects.
Holographs and typescripts. Papers include holograph copies and some originals of letters from Serge Diaghilev to various correspondents; letters sent to Diaghilev and others from various correspondents; and documents contracts and receipts relating to Diaghilev and les Ballets Russes. Letters from Diaghilev include ones written to Michel Fokine, Guido Gatti, Desiré Inghelbrecht, Sergei Grigoriev, Serge Lifar, and Alicia Markova.
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around 1,350 items (81 boxes, 91 linear feet).
This collection is comprised in large part of printed music, widely representing 18th century Italian and 19th century Russian operatic music. Includes rare pre-revolutionary editions of Russian folk songs, annotated performance scores of Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gounod, Cimarosa. Non-musical materials include three letters from S. Prokofiev to S. Diaghilev, rare editions of books on music, literature and theater, libretti and synopses, souvenir books and programs and photographs. Several of the programs and photographs show Léon Bakst's set and costume designs. Non-musical materials also include Diaghilev's personal notebook, containing entries in French, Russian and English written from 1926 to 1929.
Contains correspondence between Sergei Denham and René Blum, between Denham and his European representative Jacques Rubinstein and other companies, documenting the formation of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and its relocation to the United States.
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