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COLLECTION — Box: 1 Identifier: 2011MT-40

Serge Lifar choreographer's score for Chota Roustaveli


Ballet choreographed by Serge Lifar and performed in Monte-Carlo in 1946. Composed in 4 acts on the basis of rhythms by S. Lifar: Arthur Honegger composed acts I and IV, Alexandre Tcherepnin act II and Tibor Harsanyi act III. A manuscript score of 14 pages gives a rapid overview of the order of the ballet and the melodic and rhythmic themes. All bear the stamp of the Académie de Musique et de danse of Serge Lifar or the stamp of the Lifar collection. Acte I: 40 autographed manuscript pages of the conductor's score. Beginning is missing (see 2003MT-329). Score consists of the continuation and end of this act, the end of scene 5 to scene 9 (finale), pp. 23 to 73. Act II: 37 autograph pages by Alexandre Cherepnin in black ink, and abbreviated version of the piano score. Act III: 174 autograph pages by T. Harsanyi of the conductor score. Act IV: 52 manuscript pages of the conductor score, including 20 pages autographed by Arthur Honegger, numbered 1 to 20. Also added are detailed performance instructions for orchestra consisting of 43 sets of scores for each desk.--Auctioneer's website.


  • circa 1946

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1.25 linear feet (1 box)



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Processing Information Minimal description derived from existing records and converted to online finding aid, Betts Coup, 2020.
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Lifar, Serge, 1905-1986. Serge Lifar choreographer's score for Chota Roustaveli, circa 1946 (2011MT-40): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 16, 2018
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