A Century of Russian Ballet : Documents and Eyewitness Accounts, 1810-1910
This book is an account of a century of Russian ballet based on the printed libretti by Didelot, Taglioni, Perrot, St.Leon, Petipa and Fokine. These libretti present an accurate outline of balletic conventions in 19th century Russia. Additional documents describe the technique of stagecraft, the social setting of ballet, its national components and identity, the rise of criticism and the life of its artists. These provide a context for the libretti and reveal much about the Russian intelligentsia of the time. The principal 19th century historians of Russian ballet, Alexander Pleshcheyev, Konstantin Skalkovsky and Sergei Khudekov, are all represented, and the relevance of the selected documents and the historical connections which link them are explained in the author's commentaries. The resulting collection of original documents, will be a valuable source for anyone with an interest in ballet or Russian culture.
- Hardback | 455 pages
- 175.26 x 241.3 x 35.56mm | 1,043.26g
- 01 Jan 1991
- Oxford University Press
- Clarendon Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 8 pp plates
Table of contents
Part 1 Charles Didelot in Russia: recollections of the great choreographer Ch.L.Didelot and some deliberations concerning the art of dance, Adam Pavlovich Glushkovsky; libretto of "Raoul de Crequi, or the return from the crusades, Charles Didelot; libretto of "the captive of the caucasus, or the bride's shade", Charles Didelot. Part II Marie and Filippo Taglioni in Russia: libretto of "la fille du Danube", Filippo Taglioni. Part III The life of a Russian artist: recollections of T.A.Stukolkin, artist of the Imperial theatres; from the recollections of the artists A.P.Natarova. Part IV Fanny Elssler and Jules Perrot in Russia: libretto of "Esmeralda", Jules Perrot. Part V Nadezhda Bogdanova: "The Bogdanov artistic family". Part VI The 1860s: libretto of "the pharoah's daughter", Vernoy De Saint Georges and Marius Petipa; the first performance of the ballet "the pharaoh's daughter", Sergei Nikolaevich Khudekov; libretto of "the little humpbacked horse, or the Tsar maiden", Saint Leon; the Petersburg ballet during the production of "the little humpbacked horse" (recollections), Sergei Nikolaevich Khudekov. Part VII The 1870s: from the "memoirs of a ballerina of the St.Petersburg Bolshoy Theatre 1867-1884", Ekaterina Ottovna Vazem; libretto of "La Bayadere", Marius Petipa and Sergei Nikolaevich Khudekov. Part VIII The 1880s: from "in the theatre world", Konstantin Apollonovich Skalkovsky; libretto of "the vestal", Sergei Nikolaevich Khudekov; Marius Ivanovich Petipa, Mikhall Mikhailovich Ivanov. Part IX The 1890s: libretto of "the sleeping beauty", Ivan Alexandrovich Vsevolozhsky; Skalkovsky's review of "the sleeping beauty", a musical letter from Petersburg - apropos "the sleeing beauty" the ballet of M.Petipa, with music by P.Tchaikovsky, German Avgustovich Laroche; the sleeping beauty from "my reminiscences", Alexandre Nikolaevich Benois; the libretto of "Raymonda", Lydia Alexandrovna Pashkova. Part X The twentieth century: libretto of "the magic mirror", Marius Petipa; letter to the editor, Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev; libretto of "le pavillon d'Armide", Alexandre Benois.