Thursday, October 16, 2008

Aide Memoire: Determine Present Location Of Score To Artur Sergeyevich Luriye's 'Blackamoor of Peter the Great' Next Time In New York City

Last night, we had tea and cake at home with a senior curator from the National Gallery of Art. He mentioned that he thought that it was a culturally exciting time for Washington, D.C., the Nation's Capital, because most of the Capital's wonderful museums were now operating under new directors who would soon be making their visions apparent.

I mentioned that the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well, would, in 2010-11, have both a new (and first) Music Director, Christoph Eschenbach; as well as a successor to 'turn-around' expert, President Michael Kaiser.


Artur Sergeyevich Luriye's 'Blackamoor of Peter the Great', based upon Pushkin's unfinished historical novel, Peter the Great's Negro. Manuscript at the New York Public Library, New York City, United States of America.

Roger Sessions's 'Montezuma', based upon libretto by Giuseppe Antonio Borhese. Manuscript at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., United States of America.


Debreczeny, Paul. “The Blackamoor of Peter the Great: Pushkin’s Experiment with a Detached Mode of Narration.” Slavic and East European Journal. 18.2 (1974): 119-31.

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky. The Image of Peter the Great in Russian History and Thought. Oxford, Oxford UP, 1992.

Cogan, Robert. "Toward a Theory of Timbre: Verbal Timbre and Musical Line in Purcell, Sessions, and Stravinsky." Perspectives of New Music, viii/1 (1969-70): 75-81.

Harbison, John. "Roger Sessions and Montezuma." New Boston Review, ii/1 (1976): 5; [reprinted in Tempo, no.121 (1977): 2-5.]

Black, Peter. "Inroads for analysis: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd by Roger Sessions." Sonus: A Journal of Investigations Into Global Musical Possibilities, vol. 18, no.2 (spring 1998): 1-17.


Header image credit: (c) Estate of Sol LeWitt and National Gallery of Art website. 2008. Copyright controlled. All rights reserved. With thanks.


Roger Sessions: Selected Bibliography.

[Sharon Rockefeller's Classical WETA-FM broadcast Sessions's From My Diary, for piano, last Saturday, as part of their piano weekend.]


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