Fine copy of an illustrated Revue Musicale issue dedicated to the Ballets Russes, with a special tribute to Diaghilev, who had died the previous year. It contains testimonials, memories of friends and collaborators such as Gabriel Astruc, Alexandre Benois, Robert Brussel, Michel Georges-Michel, Émile Henriot, Louis Laloy, Michel Larionov, the Comtesse de Noailles, and Gilbert de Voisins.
Of great interest are the numerous illustrations that run through the issue. These include reproductions of drawings (e.g. Jean Cocteau’s sketching of Diaghilev and Nijinsky, as well as Bakst’s costume designs), etchings (e.g. Picasso’s etching of star dancer Leonid Massine), and photographs of ballet sets, scenes and dancers.
In his concluding article, Prunières summarized Diaghilev’s contribution to the worlds of music and dance as follows: “For almost 20 years, the Ballets Russes provided us with new things in the realms of music, visual art, and choreography every year. Aesthetic issues that seemed eternally debated in the inner sancta of Montparnasse and Montmartre were taken before the mass public. Each season came to call into question all that we previous believed to have been said already. […] One might say that all of musical and artistic life depended in large part on this extraordinary man.”
Edited between 1920 and 1940 by Henry Prunières (1886–1942), La revue musicale is considered to be one of the most important music periodicals published in France in the period between the World Wars. As such, it offers a remarkable portrait of musical activity in France. The magazine addressed not only musicologists but a much wider audience.
8vo. (25.5 x 19.5 cm). XII, 112 pp., illustrated throughout in both colour and black and white, some leaves uncut. Original publisher’s wrappers.
Stock ID: 92329