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MS Thr 489

Lifar, Serge, 1905-, recipient. Serge Lifar letters from Igor Markevitch and others, 1931-1986: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 489
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lifar, Serge, 1905-, recipient.
Title: Serge Lifar letters from Igor Markevitch and others,
Date(s): 1931-1986.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters to choreographer Serge Lifar from composer and conductor Igor Markevitch and others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-0336(b). Purchased with the Howard D. Rothschild fund; received: 2004 June 7.

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Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Serge Lifar Letters from Igor Markevitch and Others, 1931-1986 (MS Thr 489). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Serge Lifar (1905-1986) was a Ukranian-born French dancer and choreographer. Igor Markevitch (1912-1983) was a Russian-born French composer and conductor. Both were Serge Diaghilev's protégées: Serge Lifar became leading dancer for the Ballets Russes; Igor Markevitch was the youngest composer ever to work for ballet. Their collaboration continued for a number of years after Diaghilev's death.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Contents

Letters to Serge Lifar from Igor Markevitch concerning working with Lifar on ballets L'Envol d'Icare and Rébus, reporting his work on the score and arranging rehearsals for L'Envol d'Icare, discussing further plans for possible collaboration with Lifar, and later recalling his memories of Serge Diaghilev, and the Ballets Russes. Also includes letters to Serge Lifar from Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatique (France) (1938), letter from B. Scott's Söhne (Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) (1938), and letter from Igor Markevitch's son, Dimitry Markevitch (1986). All letters are in French.

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