Vasilii Bessel papers

Scope and Content

Comprises piano, orchestral, and vocal scores, parts and arrangements of operas and other compositions, mainly published by Vasilii Bessel i Ko, Moscow and Paris, including works by P. I. Tchaikovsky, N. A. Rimskii-Korsakov, M. P. Musorgskii, and A. G. Rubinshtein.

Material covers: (1-15) by: P I Chaikovskii, "Oprichnik", "(16) Pikovaia Dama" (Moscow/Leningrad: Gosudarstvennoe muzykal'noe izdatel'stvo, 1950), (17-47) M P Musorgskii, "Boris Godunov" (including Milan: E Sonzogno, nd and Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe muzykal'noe izdatel;stvo, 1959), (48-54) "Khovanshchina" (including Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe muzykal'noe izdatel'stvo, 1932), (55-82) ["Le Mariage"], (83-99) "Noch' na Lysoi gore", (100-143) "Sorochinskaia iarmarka", (144) N A Rimskii-Korsakov "Boiarinia Vera Sheloga", (145-183) "Kashchei bessmertnyi", (184) "Pan Voevoda", (185-234) "Pskovitianka", (235) "Sadko" (Leipzig: M P Belaieff [Beliaev]), (236) "Sbornik russkikh narodniykh pesen'", (237-238) "Serviliia", (239-319) "Skazka o tsare Saltane" (including Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo Muzykal'nyi sektor, 1926), (320-388) "Snegurochka" (including Moscow: Muzgiz, 1937), (389) "Tsarskaia nevesta" (Leipzig: M P Belaieff [Beliaev]), (390) "Zolotoi Petushok" (Leipzig: P Jurgenson [Iurgenson]), (391-392) A G Rubinshtein "Demon", (393) annotated list of above, including publishers' plate numbers, compiled by R Davies.

Administrative / Biographical History

Vasilii Vasilevich Bessel (1892-1993) was a publisher of Russian music, both in pre-revolutionary Russia and in emigration.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Baring, Marina & Bessel, Dinette (October 2000); Davis, Richard Beattie (October 2000).