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The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi manuscripts collection

 Collection 0087-SCPA
Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi (1877-1944) was a music critic and musicologist in Paris and London during the first part of the twentieth century. He spent much of his career championing Russian music. He was involved with Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) and the early years of the Ballets Russes and fostered a particular interest in the music of Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881). The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts covers the period from 1877 to 1940, and includes undated materials; the bulk of the materials date from 1902 to 1940. The manuscripts consist of 163 pieces of correspondence and one music manuscript. Much of the correspondence is related to his involvement with Russian music, with people asking his advice about various Russian composers, their works, and how to obtain them. There are also letters from performers of Russian music, telling him of their activities. Notable correspondents include Igor Stravinsky, Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, Nadia Boulanger, Gerald Finzi, Constant Lambert, Philip Heseltine, and Leo Ornstein.

Dates

  • 1877-1940
  • Majority of material found within 1902-1940

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

0.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts covers the period from 1877 to 1940, and includes undated materials; the bulk of the materials date from 1902 to 1940. The collection consists of 163 pieces of correspondence and one music manuscript related to Calvocoressi's work as a critic, author, and musicologist during the first part of the twentieth century. Much of the correspondence relates to his involvement with Russian music, with people asking his advice about various Russian composers, their works, and how to obtain them. There are also letters from performers of Russian music, telling him of their activities. Notable correspondents include Igor Stravinsky, Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, Nadia Boulanger, Gerald Finzi, Constant Lambert, Philip Heseltine, and Leo Ornstein.

Biography

Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi (1877-1944) was a music critic and musicologist in Paris and London during the first part of the twentieth century. Born of Greek parents in France, he studied harmony with Xavier Leroux (1863-1919) at the Paris Conservatoire, where he also began a life-long friendship with Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Gifted as a polyglot, Calvocoressi worked as a music critic and correspondent for several international periodicals in England, the United States, Russia, and Germany, and he translated numerous musical texts into French and English. He lived in Paris until 1914, when he relocated to London and continued his professional activities there.

Calvocoressi spent much of his career championing Russian music in France and England, with a particular interest in the music of Modest Mussorgsky. Calvocoressi also worked closely with Sergei Diaghilev from shortly before Diaghilev's introduction of Boris Godunov in Paris in 1908 through the early years of the Ballets Russes. His years in London brought him into contact with many of England's leading musicians, such as Gerald Finzi (1901-1956), Constant Lambert (1905-1951), and Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock, 1894-1930), though he enjoyed greater influence while in Paris.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into one series.
  1. Correspondence

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gifts of Margery Lowens made between 1988 and 1992.

Related Material

The following items are available at the UM Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.

Writings

  1. Calvocoressi, M. D. A Survey of Russian Music. Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1944. Reprint, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1974. Stacks, ML300 .C3 1974.
  2. Calvocoressi, M. D. and Gerald Abraham. Masters of Russian Music. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1936. Lowens Special Collections Room, ML390 .C17 1936b.
  3. Calvocoressi, M. D. "Michail Ivanovitch Glinka and the Russian School." In The Heritage of Music, Vol. 1, ed. Hubert J. Foss, 199-213. London: Oxford University Press, 1927-1934. Stacks, ML390 .F7.
  4. Calvocoressi, M. D. Musical Taste and How to Form It. London: Oxford University Press, 1925. Lowens Special Collections Room, MT6 .C148.
  5. Calvocoressi, M. D. Mussorgsky, ed. Gerald Abraham. London: Dent, 1946. Stacks, ML410.M97 C3.
  6. Calvocoressi, M. D. Mussorgsky, ed. Gerald Abraham. London: Dent, 1974. Stacks, ML410.M97 C3 1974.

Text Translations by Calvocoressi

  1. Bartand#243;k, Band#233;la. The Hungarian Folksong, ed. Benjamin Suchoff. Translated by M. D. Calvocoressi with annotations by Zoltand#225;n Kodand#225;ly. Studies in Musicology (Band#233;la Bartand#243;k Archives) No. 13. London: Oxford University Press, 1931. Reprint, Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1981. Stacks, ML3593 .B1614 1981.
  2. Debussy, Claude. Ariettes oubliand#233;es: for voice and piano. Poems by Paul Verlaine. English translation by M. D. Calvocoressi. Paris: Jobert, 1913. Reprint, Boca Raton, Florida: Masters Music Publications, 1990. Folio, M1621.D42 A7 1990.
  3. Kodand#225;ly, Zoltand#225;n, arr. See the Gipsy: Hungarian Folk Song. English translation by M. D. Calvocoressi. London: Oxford University Press, ca. 1925. Folio, M1707.K63 S4.
  4. Kodand#225;ly, Zoltand#225;n, arr. The Straw Guy, Hungarian Folk Song. English translation by M. D. Calvocoressi. London: Oxford University Press, ca. 1925. Folio, M1707.K63 S8.
  5. Ravel, Maurice. Cinq mand#233;lodies populaires grecques: for voice and piano. Translated from original Greek by M. D. Calvocoressi, with English translation by Nita Cox. Paris: Durand, ca. 1906-1909. Reprint, Boca Raton, Florida: Masters Music Publications, 1991. Folio, M1621.R38 M42 1991.
  6. Roussel, Albert. Evocations: pour orchestre: III Aux bords du fleuve sacrand#233;, op. 15, no. 3. Text by M. D. Calvocoressi. Paris: A. Durand, 1912. Miniature Scores, M1003.R68 E8 no.3.
  7. Scherchen, Hermann. Handbook of Conducting. Translated by M. D. Calvocoressi. London: Oxford University Press, 1933. Stacks, MT85.S33 L42.
  8. Stravinsky, Igor. Le roi des and#233;toiles: cantate: for men's chorus and orchestra. Russian text by K. Balmont. French text by M. D. Calvocoressi. Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany: Rob. Forberg, ca. 1971. Folio, M1538.S89 R6.
  9. Stravinsky, Igor. Two Poems; and Three Japanese Lyrics: for High Voice and Piano. French translation by M. D. Calvocoressi. London: Boosey andamp; Hawkes, ca. 1947. Folio, M1503.S83 R6.

Processing Information

Since the initial processing of the collection, some spelling errors in the names of the correspondents has been discovered. Despite those corrections, the original numbering for the files has been kept, and they have been maintained in their original placement in the collection.
Title
The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts
Status
Completed
Author
Lindsey Carlson
Date
May 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

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