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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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New Exile

New Exile

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Nicolas Nabokov
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Vincent Giroud

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199399895.003.0007

Nabokov left France in 1933 to lecture at the Barnes Foundation. Shortly afterward, his ballet Union Pacific, on a scenario by poet Archibald MacLeish, the first ballet on an American theme, triumphed in a choreography by Massine. Nabokov’s friendships in New York included photographers Cartier-Bresson and Beaton and composer Elliott Carter, to whom he always remained close. In 1936, after visiting his mother in Nazi Germany, he took up a position as music professor at Wells College, in upstate New York.

Keywords:   Russian emigration, Albert C Barnes, Archibald MacLeish, Nicolas Nabokov, Union Pacific, Leonide Massine, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cecil Beaton, Elliott Carter, Wells College

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