Paris: August 1921. Folio (349 x 272 mm.). One bifolium of pre-printed 16-staff music paper.  (autograph titling), - (blank) pp. In black ink.
Slightly worn and soiled; creased at central fold and slightly overall; several small edge tears and stains; music lacking.
A lithographic portrait of Darius Milhaud signed "Nino" in the stone. 300 x 224 mm., with caption in pencil in an unknown hand: "Darius Milhaud reduire sur 13 en largeur simile." Slightly worn and creased.
The whereabouts of the musical autograph itself is unknown. The work was first published as a supplement to the Revue musicale, February 1, 1923; the first independent edition was published by Max Eschig in Paris in 1927.
The dedicatee, Marie Olénine-d'Alheim (born Maria Olenina, 1869-1970), was a Russian mezzo-soprano. Personally acquainted with Mily Balakirev and Vladimir Stasov, Olenina became an ardent champion of Mussorgsky's songs and other Russian vocal music early on—at first in Russia and then, after her marriage to a French writer, also in the West. From 1918 to 1959 she lived in Paris, after which she returned to Moscow. In her final years she was the last surviving witness to the days of the Mighty Handful (The Five; Kuchka). Item #25163
Price: $300.00 other currencies