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MS Thr 1029

Ballet scores for productions of Anna Pavlova Ballet, 1907-1931: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 1029
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Ballet scores for productions of Anna Pavlova Ballet,
Date(s): 1907-1931 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (8 linear feet (16 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Russian, French, German and English.
Abstract: Ballet scores from the personal library of Anna Pavlova, used for performances by her company.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Parmenia Migel Ekstrom; received: 1987 November 1.
202TW-207-226f. Gift of John M. Ward; received: 2001 July 25.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Ballet Scores for Productions of Anna Pavlova Ballet, 1907-1931 (MS Thr 1029). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Related Materials

See also: George Verdak collection of ballet scores, circa 1900-1971 (MS Thr 985)

Biographical / Historical

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) was a Russian ballerina, a soloist at the St. Petersburg Imperial Maryinsky Ballet, who in the early 20th-century brought classical ballet to audiences all over the world. In 1907 she toured Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and Germany with Adolph Bolm, and in 1909 appeared as one of the leading dancers of the first season of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Paris. From 1910 Pavlova toured the world with her own company. She soon left Russia for good and settled in London. Her company performed in Europe, North and South America, Japan, China, Egypt, India, Australia and New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, and many other countries, giving altogether over 4,000 performances and making classical ballet popular all over the world. Her company employed many dancers from different countries and was billed under a variety of names, but became unofficially known as Anna Pavlova Ballet.


Arranged alphabetically by name of composer.

Scope and Contents

Includes scores for ballets and dances from operas, including productions of Amarilla (Choreographic work : Clustine), Autumn leaves (Choreographic work : Pavlova), Ballet Mexicana, Chopiniana/Les Sylphides (Choreographic work : Clustine after Fokin), Dionysus (Choreographic work : Mordkin), Indian ballet and Japanese ballet, Mlada, Nuit d'Egypte (Choreographic work : Fokin ), Noure et Anitra, Papillons (Choreographic work : Fokin ), Rusalka, Ruses d'amour, Russian dance, Seven daughters of the mountain king (Choreographic work : Fokin), and Walpurgis-night (Choreographic work : Clustine).

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