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  • Serge Diaghilev/Serge Lifar Collection, 1750-1950

    Serge Diaghilev had a profound influence on music, ballet and art in the twentieth century. His musical interests, as demonstrated in this collection, spanned a range of styles; much of the material represents works considered by Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes and many bear annotations and performance indications. This library, acquired by Serge Lifar, Diaghilev's protégé, is rich in eighteenth-century Italian works, nineteenth-century Russian ...

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  • Nikolay Karlovich Medtner Papers, 1826-1954

    Russian-born composer and pianist Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) sought to create works that incorporated elements of both Classical and Romantic musical styles. While he primarily composed works for solo piano, he also produced at least 107 songs for voice and piano, as well as three sonatas for violin and piano. As a pianist, he attained great success throughout Europe during the first decades of the ...

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  • Boris Koutzen Collection, 1889-2005

    Boris Koutzen (1901-1966) was born in Uman, Southern Russia. He began composing at the age of six and studied violin with his father. In 1918 his family moved to Moscow, where Boris entered the Moscow Conservatory to study violin with Leo Zetlin, and composition with Reinhold Glière. That same year, he won the national competition for the position of first violin in the State ...

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  • Sergei Rachmaninoff Archive

    Russian-born composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) achieved fame during his lifetime for his lyrical and expressive works (including three symphonies, four piano concerti, several operas, dozens of solo piano works and solo songs, as well as choral and chamber works), influenced primarily by Russian Romanticism, as well as for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. The contents of the Rachmaninoff Archive document ...

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  • Bronislava Nijinska Collection

    Bronislava Nijinska (Bronislava Fominichna Nizhinskaia; born 8 January 1891 [27 December 1890] in Minsk, Russia; died 21 February 1972 in Pacific Palisades, California) was a dancer, teacher, and a significant artist in the development of twentieth-century ballet choreography. Nijinska studied ballet at the school of the Maryinsky Theater of Saint Petersburg, along with her celebrity brother, Vaslav Nijinsky. She was a dancer in the ...

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  • Vladimir Ussachevsky Collection

    Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911-1990) was one of the first composers of electronic music in the 1950s. He immigrated from Manchuria in 1930 to the United States and received music degrees from Pasadena Junior College, Pomona College, and the University of Rochester. After working with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, Ussachevsky married Elizabeth Denison Kray and started teaching at Columbia University. In ...

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  • Frank Roberts Cole Collection

    Scholar and bassoonist Frank Roberts Cole apparently visited the great libraries of Germany and Austria in the 1960s in conjunction with a research project for identifying eighteenth-century bassoon music (which usually involved other woodwind instruments as well). Subsequent to his death in an automobile accident in Europe during this research trip, Cole's parents donated the photographic prints of the scores and/or parts which comprise ...

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