[Lifar, Serge. (1905–1986)] Serov, Alexander. (1820–1871)
Rogneda - Piano Arrangement - FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGE LIFAR
Moscow: A. B. Gutheil. [ca. 1870].
Arrangement for solo piano of Alexander Serov's opera Rogneda (1865). [PN] A. 2480 G. 133 pp. Softcover. Serge Lifar collection stamp and further stamps to the title page. Wear and some losses to front wrapper; tape repairs to spine and wrapper; overall very good.
Rogneda is an opera in five acts, composed by Alexander Serov between 1863 and 1865. The scenario, by the composer, was based on the novel Askold's Grave (1833) by Mikhail Zagoskin and the poem Rogneda (ca. 1825) by Kondraty Ryleyev. With its huge cast and sprawling plot, the opera demands spectacle of a Meyerbeerian order.
From the collection of the important dancer and choreographer Serge Lifar. Lifar made his debut at the Ballets Russes in 1923, where he became the principal dancer in 1925 and was considered the successor to Nijinsky. He was cast at the age of 21 opposite Tamara Karsavina in Nijinska's Roméo et Juliette (1926); Karsavina was twice his age. He originated leading roles in three Balanchine ballets for the Ballet Russes, including La Chatte (1927). After Diaghilev's death in 1929, he became the director of the Paris Opéra Ballet, a position he held during three decades until he was forced to retire in 1958. Beginning in the 1920's and continuing until his death, Lifar amassed a large collection of props, designs, costumes, art, and other dance and music artifacts, much of which came from Diaghilev either before or after his death. Sotheby's conducted several sales on his behalf in the 1970's–80's, and the final auction of his collection in 2012 saw record-breaking sales.