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Trois Nocturnes pour Violon et Piano. Op. 16 (Title page and front wrap in French, German, and Russian) Illustrated by Ivan Bilibin

By Medtner, N.

Berlin / Moscow / St. Petersburg: Rossiiskago Muzykal'nago Izdatel'stva, 1909. Softcover. First edition thus; 10 1/2 x 13 1/4; pp. 2-19, [2] blank, 2-5; illustrated wraps; spine with a thin strip of linen; faint "Vienna Austria" stamp to front wrap; US American book publisher's stamp to title page; blue smudge to back wrap; corner of pp. 11-12 clipped; good to very good condition. Nikolai Metner (1880-1951) began his music career as a professional pianist to later give it up and focus on composition. Unlike many of his contemporaries he stayed in Russia after the Revolution until 1924 at which point he came to the US for a concert tour and after that settled in London where he continued working until his death. His "Three Night Songs" or "Three Nocturnes" as they are known in English (though it is an inaccurate translation of the German word "nachtgesang") were inspired by a Goethe poem by the same name and composed in 1907. The music score's stunning cover art was designed by Ivan Bilibin - revered Russian graphic artist and member of Mir Iskusstva. OCLC lists one copy at Princeton with none other in the trade.


Russkaia Narodnaia Pesnia [Russian Folk Song]

By Finagin, A. V.

Petrograd: Academia, 1923. Softcover. First edition [1 of 2000 copies]; 5 x 7 1/4; pp. 96; beige wraps with beautiful Constructivist art; chip to upper right corner ; small loss of paper to tail of spine and bottom edge; uniform age-toning to text; partially unopened; illustrated with 3 pp. of scores; overall very good. In the 1920s, the Russian Institute of Art History published series of works, at irregular intervals, on the history of music, of which the current book was issue 1. Chapters included history of the Russian folk song, its emotional impact, its evolution, etc. Also featured was a bibliographical index of other works covering folk music. Several copies in institutions with none other in the trade.


Recueil de chants religieux russes : a cappella (32) de Bakhmetiev...[et al] et Ce?lestin Bourdeau. Re?pertoire de l'E?glise Russe de Paris (in French and Russian)

By Bortniansky, Bakhmetiev, Alexis Lvov, Makarov, et al

Petrograd/ New York/ Paris: W. Bessel, 1890. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, undated (c1890); 9" x 11 3/4"; pp. [6], 3-155, [1]; custom bound in 3/4 linen and marbled boards; small label with 'N 17' to upper margin of front cover; few spots of foxing and soiling only to margins of first several pages, else remarkably clean and well-preserved; paste-on frontis of the Madonna to front cover verso; edges and corners of covers show rubbing; small note in ink to upper corner of list of contents; very good. Subtitled: "Chants liturgiques du Rite Orthodoxe, d'apre`s le texte en vieux Slavon et conforme?ment aux traditions de l'E?glise Russe, arrange?s, transcrits en caracte?res Latins, afin d' obtenir, par des Chanteurs francais ou autres, le meme re?sultat, les memes effets que si ces morceaux e?taient exe?cute?s par des Russes. Arrangement et re?duction pour Orgue, Harmonium ou Piano en permettra l; exe?cution a de?faut de chanteurs." Words in Church Slavonic and romanized; also printed as text in French on caption at beginning of each work. A beautiful compilation of compositions by great names such as Bakhmetiev and Lvov, including 'So Sviatymi Upokoi/ Bortniansky,' 'Khristos Voskrese/ Bakhmetiev,' etc.


Penie na Bozhest-vennoi Liturgii. Pesnopeniia dlia Odnorogo Khora. Pesnopeniia dlia Odnogo Golosa (Kievsk. Raspeva)

By Pontificio Collegio Russo di S. Teresa del Bambino Gesu

Rome: Cantus Liturgiae Byzantino-Slavicae, 1964. Soft cover. Very Good. Third edition; staple-bound; pp. [3], 3-64, [2]; original pictorial wraps; minor fading along edges of spine and covers; small nick to top edge of back cover; slight cocking to spine; small personal stamp to upper margin of front cover; very good or better. A compilation of common, well known chants and songs often performed in Russian churches. The verses are in Russian and English (transliterated) below the score.