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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199779956
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/02/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 7 MB

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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Translators' Note Introduction: Death in Venice 1 A Big Head, 1872-1880 2 The Fruits of Enlightenment, 1879-1890 3 Rise and Fall, 1890-1891 4 Student Years: A Visit to Tolstoy, 1891-1893 5 Student Years: Alexandre Benois, 1890-1894 6 'The Serge Diaguileff Museum': St Petersburg, Rome, Genoa, Paris, 1894-1896 7 Charlatan and Charmer, 1895-1898 8 'I'm full of big plans!', 1897-1898 9 The World of Art, 1898-1900 10 The Sylvia Debacle, 1900-1902 11 The Hour of Reckoning, 1902-1905 12 The 'Homosexual Clique', 1906-1907 13 Tsar Boris and Tsar Sergey, 1907-1908 14 The Rise of the Ballets Russes, 1908-1909 15 Bakst and the Art of Seduction, 1909-1910 16 Emergence of a Genius, 1910-1911 17 Petrushka, 1911-1912 18 Prelude to a Scandal, 1911-1912 19 A Year of Risky Experiments, 1912-13 20 Time of Troubles, 1913-1914 21 Let Us Be Resolute and Energetic, 1914-1915 22 A Parade of Revolutions, 1915-1917 23 A Letter from Nouvel, 1917-1919 24 To the Brink of Catastrophe, 1919-1922 25 A Lifeline from Monte Carlo, 1922-1924 26 The Soviet Union Strikes Back, 1924-1927 27 The Final Curtain, 1928-1929 Notes Bibliography Illustration Acknowledgements Author's Acknowledgements Index

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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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