Diaghilev: A Life

Diaghilev: A Life

by Sjeng Scheijen
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Diaghilev: A Life by Sjeng Scheijen

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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ISBN-13: 9780199751495
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

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 attaché at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Moscow.

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Diaghilev: A Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
fabian-archer More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this very much. I love the ballet and Prokofiev, Debussy, Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, etc. are among my favorite composers. When George Balanchine had his ballet company at the New York Stste Theatre on 55th St. (before Lincoln Center was built) I went nearly every week. Maria Tallchief was the prima ballerina at the time. I saw the infamous Afternoon of a Faun twice. The music is lovely. This book brought back fond memories.
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