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The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts

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Abstract

Title:
The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts
Author/Creator:
Calvocoressi, Michel-Dmitri
Collection number:
92-65-LOWENS
Size:
0.5 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1902-1940
Inclusive dates:
1877-1940
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi (1877-1944) was a music critic and musicologist in Paris and London during the first part of the twentieth century. He spent much of his career championing Russian music. He was involved with Sergey Diaghilev (1872-1929) and the early years of the Ballets Russes and fostered a particular interest in the music of Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881). The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts covers the period from 1877 to 1940, and includes undated materials; the bulk of the materials date from 1902 to 1940. The manuscripts consist of 163 pieces of correspondence and one music manuscript. Much of the correspondence is related to his involvement with Russian music, with people asking his advice about various Russian composers, their works, and how to obtain them. There are also letters from performers of Russian music, telling him of their activities. Notable correspondents include Igor Stravinsky, Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benoir, Nadia Boulanger, Gerald Finzi, Constant Lambert, Philip Heseltine, and Leo Ornstein.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi (1877-1944) was a music critic and musicologist in Paris and London during the first part of the twentieth century. Born of Greek parents in France, he studied harmony with Xavier Leroux (1863-1919) at the Paris Conservatoire, where he also began a life-long friendship with Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Gifted as a polyglot, Calvocoressi worked as a music critic and correspondent for several international periodicals in England, the United States, Russia, and Germany, and he translated numerous musical texts into French and English. He lived in Paris until 1914, when he relocated to London and continued his professional activities there.

Calvocoressi spent much of his career championing Russian music in France and England, with a particular interest in the music of Modest Mussorgsky. Calvocoressi also worked closely with Sergey Diaghilev from shortly before Diaghilev's introduction of Boris Godunov in Paris in 1908 through the early years of the Ballets Russes. His years in London brought him into contact with many of England's leading musicians, such as Gerald Finzi (1901-1956), Constant Lambert (1905-1951), and Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock, 1894-1930), though he enjoyed greater influence while in Paris.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts covers the period from 1877 to 1940, and includes undated materials; the bulk of the materials date from 1902 to 1940. The collection consists of 163 pieces of correspondence and one music manuscript related to Calvocoressi's work as a critic, author, and musicologist during the first part of the twentieth century. Much of the correspondence relates to his involvement with Russian music, with people asking his advice about various Russian composers, their works, and how to obtain them. There are also letters from performers of Russian music, telling him of their activities. Notable correspondents include Igor Stravinsky, Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benoir, Nadia Boulanger, Gerald Finzi, Constant Lambert, Philip Heseltine, and Leo Ornstein.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gifts of Margery Lowens made between 1988 and 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Lindsey Carlson, May 2010

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cassandra N. Berman, April 2011.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into one series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1877-1940 and undated (21 Folders)

This series contains 163 pieces of correspondence and one music manuscript. All materials, including the manuscript, are arranged alphabetically by correspondent/composer last name, followed by one folder of unidentified letters. For a more detailed item-level description of this series' contents, please contact the curator to see the Calvocoressi Item Inventory.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
A, 1910-1925 and undated series 1box 1folder 1
CAL 1, Ernst Ansermet, October 30, 1911 series 1box 1folder 1item 1.0
CAL 2, Ernst Ansermet, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 2.0
CAL 3, Ernst Ansermet, March 15, 1925 series 1box 1folder 1item 3.0
CAL 4, Rudolph [?] Aronson, July 27, 1910 series 1box 1folder 1item 4.0
CAL 5, Pierre Aubry, July 11, 1910 series 1box 1folder 1item 5.0
B, 1903-1940 and undated series 1box 1folder 2
CAL 6, Léon Bakst, undated series 1box 1folder 2item 1.0
CAL 7, Jane Bathori, November 30, 1907 series 1box 1folder 2item 2.0
CAL 8, Alexandre Benoir, undated series 1box 1folder 2item 3.0
CAL 9, Sir Lennox Berkeley, July 28, 1940 series 1box 1folder 2item 4.0
CAL 10, Sir Lennox Berkeley, April 4, 1940 series 1box 1folder 2item 5.0
CAL 11, Charles Bordes, October 30, 1909 series 1box 1folder 2item 6.0
CAL 12, Nadia Boulanger, November 1, 1936 series 1box 1folder 2item 7.0
CAL 13, Nadia Boulanger, November 8, 1936 series 1box 1folder 2item 8.0
CAL 14, Nadia Boulanger, December, 1936 series 1box 1folder 2item 9.0
CAL 15, [Edwin] York Bowen, July 10, 1907 series 1box 1folder 2item 10.0
CAL 16, [Edwin] York Bowen, August 13, 1907 series 1box 1folder 2item 11.0
CAL 17, [Edwin] York Bowen, April 3, 1908 series 1box 1folder 2item 12.0
CAL 18, Alfred Bruneau, September 14, 1903 series 1box 1folder 2item 13.0
CAL 19, Alfred Bruneau, February 1, 1905 series 1box 1folder 2item 14.0
CAL 20, Alfred Bruneau, May 25, 1908 series 1box 1folder 2item 15.0
CAL 21, Alfred Bruneau, November 22, 1912 series 1box 1folder 2item 16.0
CAL 22, William Busch, December 3, 1936 series 1box 1folder 2item 17.0
C, 1889-1913 and undated series 1box 1folder 3
CAL 23, Calvocoressi to Mr. [L. Dunton] Green, September 2, 1910 series 1box 1folder 3item 1.0
CAL 24, André Caplet, June 12, 1911 series 1box 1folder 3item 2.0
CAL 25, André Caplet, undated series 1box 1folder 3item 3.0
CAL 26, Adam von Ahn Carse, undated series 1box 1folder 3item 4.0
CAL 27, Adam von Ahn Carse, undated series 1box 1folder 3item 5.0
CAL 28, Alfredo Casella, undated series 1box 1folder 3item 6.0
CAL 29, Alfredo Casella, September 19, 1903 series 1box 1folder 3item 7.0
CAL 30, André Chabrier, April 4, 1910 series 1box 1folder 3item 8.0
CAL 31, André Chabrier, March 21, 1913 series 1box 1folder 3item 9.0
CAL 32, Emmanuel Chabrier, autograph score of "1er Concours" for piano, 1889 series 1box 1folder 3item 10.0
CAL 33, Camille Chevillard, undated series 1box 1folder 3item 11.0
CAL 34, Camille Chevillard, undated series 1box 1folder 3item 12.0
CAL 35, Camille Chevillard, November 2, 1910 series 1box 1folder 3item 13.0
CAL 36, Camille Chevillard, November 8, 1910 series 1box 1folder 3item 14.0
CAL 37, Camille Chevillard, September 22, 1911 series 1box 1folder 3item 15.0
CAL 38, Camille Chevillard, September 30, 1912 series 1box 1folder 3item 16.0
CAL 39, Camille Chevillard, November 4, 1912 series 1box 1folder 3item 17.0
CAL 40, Camille Chevillard, November 8, 1912 series 1box 1folder 3item 18.0
CAL 41, Camille Chevillard, February 26, 1913 series 1box 1folder 3item 19.0
CAL 42, Camille Chevillard, April 10, 1913 series 1box 1folder 3item 20.0
CAL 43, Camille Chevillard, October 21, 1913 series 1box 1folder 3item 21.0
CAL 44, Camille Chevillard, undated series 1box 1folder 3item 22.0
CAL 45, Edouard Collone, undated series 1box 1folder 3item 23.0
CAL 46, Edouard Collone, undated series 1box 1folder 3item 24.0
D, 1909-1928 and undated series 1box 1folder 4
CAL 47, Benjamin James Dale, undated series 1box 1folder 4item 1.0
CAL 48, Benjamin James Dale, undated series 1box 1folder 4item 2.0
CAL 49, Benjamin James Dale, undated series 1box 1folder 4item 3.0
CAL 50, Benjamin James Dale, undated series 1box 1folder 4item 4.0
CAL 51, Benjamin James Dale, undated series 1box 1folder 4item 5.0
CAL 52, Benjamin James Dale, May 10, 1909 series 1box 1folder 4item 6.0
CAL 53, Benjamin James Dale, December 2, 1907 series 1box 1folder 4item 7.0
CAL 54, Benjamin James Dale, undated series 1box 1folder 4item 8.0
CAL 55, Benjamin James Dale, undated series 1box 1folder 4item 9.0
CAL 56, Benjamin James Dale, October 17, 1909 series 1box 1folder 4item 10.0
CAL 57, Jelly d'Aranyi, undated series 1box 1folder 4item 11.0
CAL 58, Edward Joseph Dent, January 25, 1913 series 1box 1folder 4item 12.0
CAL 59, Edward Joseph Dent, January 15, 1928 series 1box 1folder 4item 13.0
CAL 60, Paul Dupin, October 19, 1909 series 1box 1folder 4item 14.0
E, undated series 1box 1folder 5
CAL 61, Maurice Emmanuel, undated series 1box 1folder 5item 1.0
F, 1907, 1937-1939 and undated series 1box 1folder 6
CAL 62, Blair Fairchild, undated series 1box 1folder 6item 1.0
CAL 63, Blair Fairchild, undated series 1box 1folder 6item 2.0
CAL 64, Sir (Donald) Keith Faulkner, September 4, 1937 series 1box 1folder 6item 3.0
CAL 65, Ernest Bristow Farrar, July 13, 1907 series 1box 1folder 6item 4.0
CAL 66, Gerald Finzi, undated series 1box 1folder 6item 5.0
CAL 67, Gerald Finzi, undated series 1box 1folder 6item 6.0
CAL 68 Gerald Finzi, undated series 1box 1folder 6item 7.0
CAL 69, Gerald Finzi, September 5, 1939 series 1box 1folder 6item 8.0
CAL 70, Gerald Finz, undated series 1box 1folder 6item 9.0
CAL 71, Marya Freund, undated series 1box 1folder 6item 10.0
CAL 72, Marya Freund, March 14, 1937 series 1box 1folder 6item 11.0
G, 1902-1913 and undated series 1box 1folder 7
CAL 73, [?] Galipaux, undated series 1box 1folder 7item 1.0
CAL 74, Philippe Gaubert, undated series 1box 1folder 7item 2.0
CAL 75, Stan Golestan, undated series 1box 1folder 7item 3.0
CAL 76, Stan Golestan, October 6, 1913 series 1box 1folder 7item 4.0
CAL 77, Gabriel Grovlez, February 25, 1905 series 1box 1folder 7item 5.0
CAL 78, [Count] Angelo de Gubernatis, April 5, 1902 series 1box 1folder 7item 6.0
H, 1907-1929 and undated series 1box 1folder 8
CAL 79, Sir William Henry Hadow, August 26, 1925 series 1box 1folder 8item 1.0
CAL 80, Philip Heseltine (pen-name Peter Warlock), February 14, 1924 series 1box 1folder 8item 2.0
CAL 81, Philip Heseltine (pen-name Peter Warlock), May 14, 1925 series 1box 1folder 8item 3.0
CAL 82, Philip Heseltine (pen-name Peter Warlock), April 8, 1929 series 1box 1folder 8item 4.0
CAL 83, Arthur (Charles Ernest) Hoerée, undated series 1box 1folder 8item 5.0
CAL 84, Theodore Holland, June 19, 1907 series 1box 1folder 8item 6.0
CAL 85, Theodore Holland, undated series 1box 1folder 8item 7.0
CAL 86, Theodore Holland, January 27, 1908 series 1box 1folder 8item 8.0
CAL 87, Theodore Holland, undated series 1box 1folder 8item 9.0
K, 1899 series 1box 1folder 9
CAL 142, Max Kalbeck, October 19, 1899 series 1box 1folder 9item 1.0
L, 1937 and undated series 1box 1folder 10
CAL 88, Constant Lambert, undated series 1box 1folder 10item 1.0
CAL 89, Constant Lambert, undated series 1box 1folder 10item 2.0
CAL 90, Constant Lambert, undated series 1box 1folder 10item 3.0
CAL 91, Wanda Landowska, undated series 1box 1folder 10item 4.0
CAL 162, Nikolai Lopatnikoff, March 10, 1937 series 1box 1folder 10item 5.0
M, 1907-1913 and undated series 1box 1folder 11
CAL 92, Antoine Mariotte, February 18, 1913 series 1box 1folder 11item 1.0
CAL 93, Daniel Gregory Mason, October 14, 1913 series 1box 1folder 11item 2.0
CAL 94, Camille [Séverin Faust] Mauclair, undated series 1box 1folder 11item 3.0
CAL 95, André [Charles Prosper] Messager, October 24, 1907 series 1box 1folder 11item 4.0
CAL 96, Léon Morea, undated series 1box 1folder 11item 5.0
CAL 97, Augny de Montalaut [?], undated series 1box 1folder 11item 6.0
CAL 98, D.S. Myhele [?], August 16, 1908 series 1box 1folder 11item 7.0
O, 1913, 1939 and undated series 1box 1folder 12
CAL 99, Marie Olénine d'Alheim, November 27, 1939 series 1box 1folder 12item 1.0
CAL 100, Leo Ornstein, November 2, 1913 series 1box 1folder 12item 2.0
CAL 101, Leo Ornstein, undated series 1box 1folder 12item 3.0
CAL 102, Leo Ornstein, undated series 1box 1folder 12item 4.0
CAL 103, Leo Ornstein, undated series 1box 1folder 12item 5.0
CAL 104, Leo Ornstein, undated series 1box 1folder 12item 6.0
CAL 105, Leo Ornstein, undated series 1box 1folder 12item 7.0
CAL 106, Leo Ornstein, undated series 1box 1folder 12item 8.0
CAL 107, Leo Ornstein, undated series 1box 1folder 12item 9.0
CAL 108, Leo Ornstein, undated series 1box 1folder 12item 10.0
P, 1904-1934 and undated series 1box 1folder 13
CAL 109, Georgios D. Pachtikos, December 25, 1905 series 1box 1folder 13item 1.0
CAL 110, Georgios D. Pachtikos, July 31, 1905 series 1box 1folder 13item 2.0
CAL 111, Georgios D. Pachtikos, October 8, 1905 series 1box 1folder 13item 3.0
CAL 112, Georgios D. Pachtikos, March 3, 1906 series 1box 1folder 13item 4.0
CAL 113, Georgios D. Pachtikos, March 19, 1906 series 1box 1folder 13item 5.0
CAL 114, Guido Pannain, July 6, 1931 series 1box 1folder 13item 6.0
CAL 115, Petro Petridis, December 9, 1931 series 1box 1folder 13item 7.0
CAL 116, Petro Petridis, September 27, 1932 series 1box 1folder 13item 8.0
CAL 117, Hermann Ludwig von der Pfordten, December 19, 1916 series 1box 1folder 13item 9.0
CAL 118, Gabriel Pierné, October 20, 1904 series 1box 1folder 13item 10.0
CAL 119, Gabriel Pierné, September 20, 1908 series 1box 1folder 13item 11.0
CAL 120, Gabriel Pierné, undated series 1box 1folder 13item 12.0
CAL 121, Gabriel Pierné, undated series 1box 1folder 13item 13.0
CAL 122, Gabriel Pierné, undated series 1box 1folder 13item 14.0
CAL 123, André Pirro, March 22, 1912 series 1box 1folder 13item 15.0
CAL 124, André Pirro, undated series 1box 1folder 13item 16.0
CAL 125, Poniersof [?], December 27, 1934 series 1box 1folder 13item 17.0
Q, 1921 series 1box 1folder 14
CAL 126, Roger Quilter, July 31, 1921 series 1box 1folder 14item 1.0
R, 1904-1939 and undated series 1box 1folder 15
CAL 127, Alan Rawsthorne, February 17, 1939 series 1box 1folder 15item 1.0
CAL 129, Emile Riadis, October 30, 1912 series 1box 1folder 15item 2.0
CAL 130, Jean-Jules Aimable Roger-Ducasse, undated series 1box 1folder 15item 3.0
CAL 131, (Joseph) Guy (Marie) Ropartz, December 7, 1904 series 1box 1folder 15item 4.0
CAL 132, (Joseph) Guy (Marie) Ropartz, January 10, 1911 series 1box 1folder 15item 5.0
S, 1913 and undated series 1box 1folder 16
CAL 133, Deodat de Séverac, undated series 1box 1folder 16item 1.0
CAL 134, Igor Stravinsky, December 12, 1913 series 1box 1folder 16item 2.0
T, 1907-1908 and undated series 1box 1folder 17
CAL 135, Rose Téart, undated series 1box 1folder 17item 1.0
CAL 136, Claude Terrasse, undated series 1box 1folder 17item 2.0
CAL 137, Lionel Tertis, December 4, 1907 series 1box 1folder 17item 3.0
CAL 138, Lionel Tertis, April 4, 1908 series 1box 1folder 17item 4.0
CAL 139, (Jean-Baptiste-Elisee) Julien Tiersot, May 4, 1908 series 1box 1folder 17item 5.0
CAL 140, Charles Tournemire, undated series 1box 1folder 17item 6.0
V, 1913 series 1box 1folder 18
CAL 141, Marios Varvoglis, February 3, 1913 series 1box 1folder 18item 1.0
W, 1909-1938 and undated series 1box 1folder 19
CAL 143, Charles Waltz, December 26, 1909 series 1box 1folder 19item 1.0
CAL 144, Charles Waltz, December 19, 1910 series 1box 1folder 19item 2.0
CAL 145, Egon Wellesz, April 26, 1938 series 1box 1folder 19item 3.0
CAL 146, Georges-Martin Witkowski, undated series 1box 1folder 19item 4.0
CAL 147, Theodore de Wyzewa [Wysewski], undated series 1box 1folder 19item 5.0
CAL 148, Theodore de Wyzewa [Wysewski], undated series 1box 1folder 19item 6.0
Z, 1914 series 1box 1folder 20
CAL 149, Vilmos-Géza Zégon, February 14, 1914 series 1box 1folder 20item 1.0
CAL 150, Vilmos-Géza Zégon, April 28, 1914 series 1box 1folder 20item 2.0
Unknown, 1903-1917 and undated series 1box 1folder 21
CAL 128, Laurent Geillier [?], February 18, 1914 series 1box 1folder 21item 1.0
CAL 151, Ricuoto [?] Canuolo, undated series 1box 1folder 21item 2.0
CAL 152, L. Lou----, undated series 1box 1folder 21item 3.0
CAL 153, Louis---- [?], undated series 1box 1folder 21item 4.0
CAL 154, Lou---- [?], undated series 1box 1folder 21item 5.0
CAL 155, C. G. H- [?], May 21, 1877 series 1box 1folder 21item 6.0
CAL 156, Mauroniseff [?], 1906 series 1box 1folder 21item 7.0
CAL 157, Mulee [?], May 22, 1911 series 1box 1folder 21item 8.0
CAL 158, T--- Nanamy [?, October 28, 1917 series 1box 1folder 21item 9.0
CAL 159, C. Pu----[?], 1903 series 1box 1folder 21item 10.0
CAL 160, [Mary?], undated series 1box 1folder 21item 11.0
CAL 161, [Mary?], undated series 1box 1folder 21item 12.0
CAL 163, Ka--- Sri---, undated series 1box 1folder 21item 13.0
CAL 164, I. Orarkj [?], January 17, 1907 series 1box 1folder 21item 14.0

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