Crafting the Ballets Russes: Music, Dance, Design: The Robert Owen Lehman Collection



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A fresh look at the groundbreaking artistic collaborations of the Ballets Russes, illuminated by a rich trove of visual material including music manuscripts, dance notations, stage and costume designs, and photographs of performers.

This book celebrates one of the world’s finest privategathering of music manuscripts, held on deposit at the Morgan Library. Robert Owen Lehman’s superb collection of French and Russian ballet scores, including Firebird, Petrushka, Afternoon of a Faun, Bolero, and many more, are shown here for the first time alongside the vivid stage designs and rarely seen choreographic notations for these ballets. Together they offer a fresh view into Serge Diaghilev’s famed Ballets Russes troupe and its revitalization of ballet that roiled Paris in the first decades of the twentieth century. These influential ballets and their creators—composers Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel, choreographers Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Bronislava Nijinska, and artists Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, and Natalia Goncharova—set a new agenda for European art. As the 1930s began, a new international era of modern ballet was underway.

Robinson McClellan is an assistant curator of music manuscripts and printed music at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. A composer, teacher, and scholar, he earned a doctorate in composition at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. His writing has appeared in numerous arts journals including Liturgy.

Lynn Garafola is a professor of dance at Barnard College, New York. A dance historian and critic, she is the author of the seminal history Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1989) as well as a regular contributor of articles and essays to both scholarly and general interest publications. Her most recent book, La Najinska: Choreographer of the Modern (2022), has been widely acclaimed.

Marie Rolf is senior associate dean of Graduate Studies and professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

• Broad and interdisciplinary reach will appeal to theater designers, musicologists, dance researchers, art historians, educators, students and scholars.
• Brings the ballets to life through ground-breaking research and stunning visuals.
• Uses sketches, drafts, and working copies by composers, choreographers, and designers to show the joint creative process behind the ballets.
• Captures the ways in which these creators worked together to imagine, conceive, and execute stage works of astonishing originality and ongoing influence.
• Highlights the rise of women in leading creative roles: Nijinska helped her brother Nijinsky formulate a new kind of dance in and became the Ballets Russes’ only female choreographer in 1921, and Ida Rubinstein founded her company, Les Ballets Ida Rubinstein, in 1928, drawing an all-star team of Ballets Russes alumni.

110 colour illustrations

ISBN: 9781913875671
Format: Hardcover
Publication date: 01/08/2024
RRP: $85.00
Pages: 144
Dimension: 279mm X 216mm
Imprint: Giles