Past Images of the Month - March 2018

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Vignettes Musicales. 13 Mélodies pour chant et piano, [Op.15]. Paris, 1891.  This first set of children's songs by Cui appeared first at St Petersburg  in 1878 and is here shown in a French edition of 1891. Petite Suite pour piano et violon. Hamburg & St Petersburg, [1879]. Douze Miniatures pour piano, [Op.20]. Moscow, [1882]. Suite concertante pour le violon avec accompagnement d'orchestre ou de piano,Op.25 [Piano score.] Leipzig, 1886. Le Flibustier. Comédie lyrique en trios actes. Poème de Jean Richepin. [Vocal score.] Paris, 1893. Premiered at the Théâtre National de l'Opéra Comique, Paris, 22 January 1894. The opera was never performed in Russia. The Royal Academy of Music, London. Vier Sonette von A. Mickiewicz, Op.48. Berlin, [1893]. Cui set the four poems in the original Polish, adding German and Russian translations to this first edition. The songs carry individual dedications - to, among others, the great Polish-American soprano Marcella Sembrich, Glazunov and the painter Il'ya Repin. 5 petits Duos pour flute et violon avec accompagnement de piano, Op.56. Leipzig, [1897].  One of the most lavish of all Mitrofan Belaieff's title page designs, this extraordinary image heralds a modest but charming suite for amateur players. Kaleidoscope. 24 Morceaux pour Violon avec accompagnement de piano, Op.50. Berlin, 1894. Mademuazel' Fifi [Mam'zelle Fifi]. Opera in one act. Libretto by Cui, after G. de Maupassant. Postcard photograph of the original production, Moscow, Hermitage Theatre, 4 November 1903. Margarita Georgievna Gukova (1884–1965), soprano, in the role of Fatima in The Prisoner of the Caucasus. Leonid Vital'yevich Sobinov, tenor (1872-1934).