Boris Asafiev


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(pen-name: Igor Glyebov; b St Petersburg, 29 Jul. 1884; d Moscow, 27 Jan. 1949)

Russian musicologist and composer. He was rehearsal pianist at the Mariinsky Ballet and in 1906 invited the student Nijinsky to choreograph his children's opera Cendrillon. He subsequently wrote the music for 28 ballets including Vainonen's Flames of Paris (1932), Zakharov's Fountain of Bakhchisarai (1934), and Lavrovsky's Prisoner of the Caucasus (1938). He wrote widely on ballet and music and was made People's Artist of the USSR.

Subjects: Music — Dance.

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