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VERY GOOD CONDITION

First edition folio (10.5” x 13.5”) score of the composer’s early triumph, “Pastorale”, published by P. Jurgenson in 1910.  This example was in the music library of soprano Antonina Nezhdanova and she has signed with her ownership autograph in pencil at the top right.

Igor Strawinsky/PASTORALE/pour Chant et Piano/Proprieté de l’editeur⸋⸋⸋⸋⸋/P. JURGENSON./MOSCOU-LEIPZIG.⸋⸋⸋⸋⸋/Prix.-40 kop./lyre stamp

The score has a front cover, verso blank. Antonina Nezhdanova has signed the top right corner with her last name in Cyrillic and Stravinsky in Cyrillic is written in red crayon beneath the composer’s name, though not an autograph. The title page is as described above, which mimics the cover. The music starts on page number 3 with a dedication to M-lle Nadiejda Rimsky-Korsakov and the date of the composition given beneath the composer’s name is 1908.  The score bears plate number 34546.  The piece which is a vocalise also has a Russian and French “libretto” with the Russian utilizing “A-у” and the French “A-ou”.  The last sheet of music is page 5 and the verso of that page is blank.  The back cover has a blank page on the inside, the actual cover bears a long list of works by composer Mily Balakriev in both Roman French and Russian.  (de Lerma p. 57)

There is apparently some argument among musicologists whether the piece was written in 1907, or 1908.  As Jurgenson clearly labels the year, 1908, there is an argument as the manuscript is dated October 29, 1907 according to Richard Taruskin’s scholarly Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions, Vol. I.  (p. 365) The first score itself written for soprano with piano accompaniment which we offer here was published two years later in 1910.  The premiere took place at a Wednesday musical evening at the home of Stravinsky’s mentor and professor, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.  His daughter Nadezhda for whom the work is dedicated was the soloist with the composer at the piano.  The piece was instantly beloved and was apparently performed at every Wednesday musical evening at the Rimsky-Korsakov’s that year.  Taruskin also mentions that was the final year of such musical evenings.  The first professional performance took place in 1908 with soloist Elizabeth Petrenko and the composer at the piano,

The work has several arrangements, the 1923 soprano, oboe, English horn, clarinet and bassoon.  The 1933 violin and piano written for Samuel Dushkin a distant cousin of mine and a further version that year for violin, oboe, English horn, clarinet and bassoon. The vocalise has had a number of recordings by leading sopranos, violinist and wind ensembles.

Antonina Nezhdanova (1873-1950) was the leading Russian lyric soprano of her generation.  She studied with the Italian tenor Umberto Masetti at the Moscow Conservatory who taught her the Italian bel canto technique which she employed throughout her career.  She graduated from the Conservatory in 1902, so this piece was written in the early part of her career.  She was known to sing Stravinsky songs in concert.  Interestingly Sergei Rachmaninov dedicated his op. 34 Vocalise to her.

Slight separation at spine, else a fine example from a truly important singer’s personal library.

   

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