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Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilev. Seizième saison.

Stock Code 108993

Paris, Gaité Lyrique, 1923

Original price $15,605.00 - Original price $15,605.00
Original price
$15,605.00 - $15,605.00
Current price $15,605.00
Inscribed by Diaghilev to Kochno . Programme for the sixteenth season of the Ballets Russes which included the première of Stravinsky's Les Noces. The present example bears a deeply personal inscription from Diaghilev to his lover Boris Kochno which reads: 'Moyemu Dorogomu Boriska na pamiat o ego Zabotlivom Trude. Sergei Diaghilev. 13 Iun 1923 Parizh [To my dear little Boris in remembrance of your diligent work. Serge Diaghilev. 13 June 1923 Paris].

Items inscribed by Diaghilev are notably scarce but particularly of an intimate nature such as this. Most manuscript material concern business arrangements of the company's admin and finance etc.

In 1921, at the age of 17, Kochno was sent to Diaghilev by the Russian artist Sergei Sudeikin. The day after they met, Diaghilev offered Kochno a job as his secretary and he would go on to become not only his librettist but eventually main collaborator. Diaghilev and Kochno were indeed lovers as well. Kochno would continue to be indispensable to the Ballets Russes, writing librettos for example for Stravinsky`s Mavra (1921), the Facheaux (1924), La Chatte, and The Prodigal Son. Upon Diaghilev's death in 1929, Kochno and Serge Lifar tried but failed to keep the company together. The two inherited a large part of the impressario's archives and collections and continued to be prolific figures in the world of French ballet.

Large 4to (31.5 x 28 cm); inscribed in ink and signed and dated by Diaghilev on the first page, illustrated in black and white throughout; original printed wrappers with Picasso's stage design in colour on the cover, original cord tie, very minor wear to covers otherwise a fine copy.


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