Diaghilev: A Life (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Sep 1, 2010 - Performing Arts - 560 pages
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Featuring an eight-page gallery of full-color illustrations, here is a major new biography of Serge Diaghilev, founder and impresario of the Ballets Russes, who revolutionized ballet by bringing together composers such as Stravinsky and Prokofiev, dancers and choreographers such as Nijinsky and Karsavina, Fokine and Balanchine, and artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Bakst, and Goncharova. An accomplished, flamboyant impresario of all the arts, Diaghilev became a legendary figure. Growing up in a minor noble family in remote Perm, he would become a central figure in the artistic worlds of Paris, London, Berlin, and Madrid during the golden age of modern art. He lived through bankruptcy, war, revolution, and exile. Furthermore he lived openly as a homosexual and his liaisons, most famously with Nijinsky, and his turbulent friendships with Stravinsky, Coco Chanel, Prokofiev, and Jean Cocteau gave his life an exceptionally dramatic quality. Scheijen's magnificent biography, based on extensive research in little known archives, especially in Russia, brings fully to life a complex and powerful personality with boundless creative energy. A New York Times Editor's Choice
  

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User Review  - Carolyn M. Mulac - Book Verdict

Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872–1929) personified the word impresario: he did not sing, dance, choreograph, compose, draw, or paint, but, by the force of his personality, impeccable taste, and keen ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

I was bothered by the fact that the writing in this book was stilted and stuffy, until I realized that it was in translation. And, in actuality, the kind of circles that Russian impresario Serge ... Read full review

Contents

Death in Venice
1
1 A Big Head 18721880
8
2 The Fruits of Enlightenment 18791890
19
3 Rise and Fall 18901891
33
A Visit to Tolstoy 18911893
41
Alexandre Benois 18901894
50
St Petersburg Rome Genoa Paris 18941896
62
7 Charlatan and Charmer 18951898
73
17 Petrushka 19111912
220
18 Prelude to a Scandal 19111912
234
19 A Year of Risky Experiments 19121913
251
20 Time of Troubles 19131914
274
21 Let us be resolute and energetic 19141915
294
22 A Parade of Revolutions 19151917
309
23 A Letter from Nouvel 19171919
333
24 To the Brink of Catastrophe 19191922
351

8 Im full of big plans 18971898
85
9 The World of Art 18981900
97
10 The Sylvia Debacle 19001902
111
11 The Hour of Reckoning 19021905
124
12 The Homosexual Clique 19061907
140
13 Tsar Boris and Tsar Sergey 19071908
153
14 The Rise of the Ballets Russes 19081909
170
15 Bakst and the Art of Seduction 19091910
188
16 Emergence of a Genius 19101911
206
25 A Lifeline from Monte Carlo 19221924
374
26 The Soviet Union Strikes Back 19241927
395
27 The Final Curtain 19281929
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Notes
445
Bibliography
505
Illustration Credits
518
Authors Acknowledgements
521
Index
522
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About the author (2010)

Sjeng Scheijen is a Senior Research Fellow and Veni-laureate at Leiden University in The Netherlands. He is a historian of Russian art, an exhibition curator, and a former cultural attache at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Moscow.

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