Nicolas Nabokov

  • Music in Germany: Berlin Revisited

    Composer, author, and teacher, NICOLAS NABOKOV has published recently under the Atlantic Little, Brown imprint his first volume of musical reminiscences, Old Friends and New Music, and he is now in Europe gathering the source material for his next book. Born in St. Petersburg in 1903, Mr, Nabokov was educated in Russia and, after the Revolution, at the Berlin Conservatory and at the University of Paris. He wrote his first ballets in Paris for Diaghilev, including his now famous Union Pacific: and in the 1930s he came to the United States. An American citizen, he served as Cultural Adviser to Ambassador Murphy in Berlin; now he gives us an account of the resuscitation of German music which has taken place since the war.

  • The Composer's Conductor: Koussevitzky

    Composer and author, NICOLAS NABOKOV began his study of music in St. Petersburg where in his impressionable years he heard the singing of Chaliapin and the playing of Rachmaninov and young Heifetz, and saw the dancing of Pavlova and Karsavina. After the Revolution, he worked in the Berlin Conservatory, and when his first balletoratorio. Ode, was produced by Diaghilev in Paris, he entered upon the creativeyears during which he teas to enjoy the friendship of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Koussevilzky. The paper which follows is drawn from his delightful book. Old Friends and New Music, to be published this month under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.

  • Music Under the Generals

    Composer and author, NICOLAS NABOKOV began his study of music in St. Petersburg, where in his impressionable years he heard the singing of Chaliapin and the playing of Rachmaninov and young Heifetz, and saw the dancing of Pavlova and Karsavina. After the Revolution, he worked in the Berlin Conservatory, and when his first balletoratorio, Ode, was produced by Diaghilev in Paris, he entered upon the creative years during which he was to enjoy the friendship of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Koussevitzky. The paper which follows is drawn from his delightful book, Old Friends and New Music, which will soon be published under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.

  • The Atlantic Serial: Sergei Diaghilev: Monte Carlo and Paris

    NICOLAS NABOKOV, who was born in Russia in 1903, is the talented son of a family which was known for its liberalism under the last of the Tsars. His study of music. begun at an early age, mis resumed at the Berlin Consentory after the Revolution, and his first ballet-oratorio, Ode, was produced by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe in Haris and London in 1928. As an impressionable boy, he had heard the singing of Chaliapin and the playing of Rachmaninov and young Heifetz, and had seen the dancing of Pavlova and Karsavina.. Now, in his creative years, he was to work under the stimulus of Diaghilev and in growing friendship with Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Koussevitzky. This is the last installment of his portrait of the man in whose workshop his music came to life.

  • The Atlantic Serial: Sergei Diaghilev

    NICOLAS NABOKOV,who was born in St. Petersburg in 1903, is the talented son of a family which was known for its liberalism under the last of the Tsars. His study of music, begun at an early age, was resumed at the Berlin Conservatory after the Revolution, and his first ballet-oratorio, Ode, was produced by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe in Paris and London in 1928. As an impressionable boy, he had heard the singing of Chaliapin and the playing of Rachmaninov and young Heifetz, and had seen the dancing of Pavlova and Karsavina. Now, in his creative years, he was to work under the stimulus of Diaghilev and in growing friendship with Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Koussevitzky. This is the second of a three-part portrait of the man in whose workshop his music came to life.

  • The Atlantic Serial: Sergei Diaghilev

    NICOLAS NABOKOV, who was born in St. Petersburg in 1903, is the talented son of a family which was known for its liberalism under the lost of the Tsars, His study of music, begun at an earls’ age, was resumed at the Beilin Conservatory after the Revolution, and his first ballet-oratorio, Ode, was produced by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe in Paris and London in 1928. As an impressionable boy, he had heard the singing of Chaliapin and the playing of Rachmaninov and young Heifetz, and had seen the dancing of Pavlova and Karsavina. Name in his creative years, he was to work under the stimulus of Diaghilev and in growing friendship with Stravinsky. Prokofiev, and Koussevitzky. This is the first of a three-part portrait of the man in whose workshop has music came to life.

  • Igor Stravinsky

    NICOLAS NABOKOV, the composer, was horn in Russia in 1903 of a family long distinguished for its talent and liberalism. His musical education was interrupted by the Revolution. From Petrograd he went to the conservatories in Germany, and always he dreamed of Paris, where Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Balanchine, and Prokofiev had challenged and captured attention. Nabokov joined the group in Diaghilev’s workshop; his first ballet, Ode. was produced in Paris in 1928. Out of his experience has grown a book in which this Portrait of Stravinsky will be a chapter. Other chapters on Diaghilev, Balanchine, and Prokofiev will follow in successive issues.

  • The Specter of Nijinsky

    Composer of bullets and symphonies, NICOLAS NABOKOV was born in Russia in 1903. Much of his early music was written in Paris, where his first bullet, Ode, was produced by Diaghilev in the spring of 1928. Several months earlier he saw the famous dancer Nijinsky, then a broken man, and from that meeting he has drawn the following article. Mr. Nabokov first visited this country in 1933 and a year later wrote his ballet Union Pacific. He is nonliving in the United States and his music is played by the leading orchestras here and abroad.

  • Sergei Prokofiev

  • Music Under Dictatorship