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Nicolas NabokovA Life in Freedom and Music$
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Vincent Giroud

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199399895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199399895.001.0001

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Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century

Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century

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(p.250) 13 Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century
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Nicolas Nabokov
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Vincent Giroud

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199399895.003.0013

Nabokov’s first major initiative as CCF secretary general was to organize in Paris, in the spring of 1952, a major arts festival celebrating the artistic achievement of the first half of the twentieth century, emphasizing the connection between artistic creativity and artistic and intellectual freedom. Whereas Picasso’s flirtation with communism limited his involvement and the French Left remained mostly critical, the festival was a triumph for Balanchine, Stravinsky (who conducted a Cocteau-designed Oedipus Rex), but also Berg (whose Wozzeck was staged in Paris for the first time) and Schoenberg, while the young Leontyne Price, at Nabokov’s urging, made her debut in Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts.

Keywords:   Congress for Cultural Freedom, Igor Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, George Balanchine, Arnold Schoenberg, Virgil Thomson, Leontyne Price

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