Victory Over the Sun

The World’s First Futurist Opera

Edited and translated by Rosamund Bartlett and Sarah Dadswell

Edited and translated by Rosamund Bartlett and Sarah Dadswell

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

328 pages | 32 color plates, 60 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Cloth $130.00 ISBN: 9780859898393 Published May 2012 For sale in North and South America only

The futurist opera Victory Over the Sun—written by Aleksei Kruchenykh and first performed in St. Petersburg in December 1913—was central to the Russian avant-garde, important for its libretto, its fragmentary, modernistic score, and its innovative sets and costumes. This book features an excellent translation of the text, accompanied by a number of essays from international contributors such as Laurence Senelick and John E. Bowlt that offer new insights into the practice and history of Russian theater in the first half of the twentieth century.

Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
About the Text
About the Contributors
Introduction
      Rosamund Bartlett and Sarah Dadswell

Part I: Texts and Scores
1. Biographies of the Librettists, Set Designer and Composer
2. Annotated Translation of the Libretto of Victory over the Sun
      Rosamund Bartlett
3. Pobeda nad solnstem: Facsimile of the Original 1913 Russian Publication, incorporating score fragments by Matiushin
4. Maria Ender's transcription of Matiushin's original score for Victory over the Sun
5. Contemporary Reviews
6. 'About the Opera Victory over the Sun'
      Aleksei Kruchenykh
Part II: Essays
1. The Russian Cubo-Futurist Opera Victory over the Sun: Aleksei Kruchenykh's Alogical Creation
      Michaela Böhmig
2. Entertainment and Enlightenment in Late Imperial Russian Theatre
      Murray Frame
3. On the Eve: The Russian Stage 1911–1914
      Laurence Senelick
4. Victories over the Sun: The Drama of the Russian Futurists
      Robert Leach
5. Darkness and Light: Solar Eclipse as a Cubo-Futurist Metaphor
      John E. Bowlt
6. Kazimir Malevich and the Designs for Victory over the Sun
      Christina Lodder
7. Victory over the Sun: The Music
      Catja Gaebel
8. 'Be a Spectator with a Large Ear': Victory over the Sun as a Public Laboratory Experiment for Mikhail Matiushin's Theories of Colour Vision
      Margareta Tillberg
9. Branding the Futurists
      Sarah Dadswell
10. The Collision of Italian and Russian Futurism: Marinetti's Visit to Russia
      Aurora Egidio
11. Burnt by the Sun: The Transmutation of Performativity, Theatricality, and Framing in the Late Work of Kazimir Malevich
      Anna Wexler Katsnelson
12. A Modern Victory: Reflections on the 1999 Staging
      Julia Hollander and Jeremy Arden in conversation with Sarah Dadswell

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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