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Balanchine and the Lost MuseRevolution and the Making of a Choreographer$
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Elizabeth Kendall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959341

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959341.001.0001

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Maria and Meliton

Maria and Meliton

(p.13) One Maria and Meliton
Balanchine and the Lost Muse

Elizabeth Kendall

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the Balanchine's family background. His father, Meliton Antonovich Balanchivadze, grew up in a piece of farmland in Western Georgia. He arrived in St. Petersburg in the summer of 1889 to study music at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Little is known about his mother, Maria Nikolaevna Vasilieva. She was believed to be one of those many Petersburg young women of uncertain parentage, surviving by her wits in the dynamic capital.

Keywords:   George Balanchine, parents, Meliton Antonovich Balanchivadze, Maria Nikolaevna Vasilieva

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