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The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts


The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts
Calvocoressi, Michel-Dmitri
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
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:

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 Sergei 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 Benois, Nadia Boulanger, Gerald Finzi, Constant Lambert, Philip Heseltine, and Leo Ornstein.

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