Price: $750.00

                 NEAR MINT CONDITION              

The Russian composer autographs and inscribes his photograph on a complete 8 page Bolshoi benefit program, January 31, 1934.  Ippolitov-Ivananov inscribed the photograph to the legendary Russian soprano Anatolia Nezhdanova.  To Antonia Vasilievana Nezhdanova for a memory from a very old friend, who loves you since my early days to the eternity, 2 Feb., ’34.  The program cover, not included in the page count is of heavy mat photographic stock and the image is whole tone.  The cover measures, 8” x 11.25”.

Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935) was one of the last of the great Russian Romantic composers, hearkening back to his teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and his champion Piotr Tchaikovsky.  He graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1882 and was immediately made Director of the Tiflis Conservatory where he stayed until 1893.  While there, he gathered folk songs and themes of the Caucuses which he used extensively in the colorations of his works, often with a Near Eastern and Asian colorations from the music he heard there. In 1893 with Tchaikovsky’s help, he was made Professor of the Moscow Conservatory.  He was appointed Director of the Conservatory in 1906 and retired from that position in 1922.  He went back to Tiflis as a Professor for a year, 1923-1924.  From 1898-1906 he conducted at the Mamontov Private Opera and from 1925 until his death, a conductor at the Bolshoi.  His most popular work is his “Caucasian Sketches for Orchestra suites 1 and 2” dating to 1895 and 1896.  He only wrote 1 Symphony, but he composed a total of 5 suites for orchestra including the Caucasian Sketches.  Additionally, he also wrote a sinfonietta, marches and a scherzo for orchestra.  The composer also wrote music for 4 films including “Stenka Rasin”.  For soloist and orchestra he wrote three works a symphonic poem for soprano and orchestra, a symphonic picture for tenor and orchestra and a fantasy for balalaika and orchestra.  He composed 6 operas, works for choir and orchestra, liturgical choir, songs, chamber and solo works.

The benefit program includes a frontispiece, a 2 page biography, a second frontispiece, a performance of the third act of “Eugene Onegin” featuring; Glafire Zhukovskaya as Tatiana, Vladimir Politkovsky as Onegin and Alexandre Pirogov as Gremin.  Followed by the 2nd Act of “Sadko” with Nikander Chanaev as Sadko, Faina Petrova as Nezhata, Ivan Petrov as the Varagian Guest, Ivan Kozlovsky as the Indian Guest, Dimitri Golovin as the Venetian Guest and Elena Katulskaya as Princess Volkhuva among others in the cast.  The third part of the program was devoted to the works of Ippolitov-Ivanov, including his, Symphonic Poem “Mtsyri” for soprano and orchestra after Mikhail Lermontov and songs sung by baritone Panteleimon Nortsov and contralto Nadezhda Obukhova.  The finale was a choral work.  It is noted on the final page that the benefit was planned for 7 hours and 30 minutes!

Anatonia Nezhdanova (1873-1950) was the most important Russian coloratura-lyrico-spinto soprano at the Bolshoi Theatre from 1903 until her retirement in 1943 when she was appointed Professor at the Moscow Conservatory.  For that matter, she was considered one of the finest sopranos of the 20th Century.  From 1936, she taught at Stanislavsky’s Theatre School.  Her repertory was enormous, encompassing roles from Gilda to Tosca in the Western repertory and Ludmila to Tatiana in the Russian repertory. 

An extremely important dedication from one Russian musical legend to another.


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