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M. P. Beliaev v Leiptsige. Katalog deshevykh izdanii sovremennykh russkikh kompozitorov [M. P. Belaieff in Leipzig. A catalogue of inexpensive editions of contemporary Russian composers].
Glavnyi sklad u I. Iurgensona S.-Peterburg 1914 - A rare catalogue, priced throughout, for the leading music publishers M. P. Belaieff, published before war and revolution changed their world forever. Mitrofan Belyaev (1836–1903) was a Russian millionaire timber merchant with a love of music, who established his own publishing house in 1885, based in both St Petersburg and Leipzig. During the period 1886–1901, Edition Belaïeff, as the firm was known, produced hundreds of pieces of music—instrumental (both orchestral and solo works), opera, choral music, and solo songs, as well as music theory and libretti—which were known for their striking chromolithograph title-pages. Borodin, Cui, Glazunov, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky: they all feature in the Belaieff catalogue. The First World War, then the Revolution, put paid to Belaieff’s publishing activities. But in 1922 the company re-emerged in Leipzig thanks to the efforts of the composers Artsybyshev, Glazunov, and Vitol. The company still exists, now in partnership with Schott, in Mainz. Not found in OCLC. See Richard Beattie Davis (no relation), The Beauty of Belaieff (2008). 8vo (229 × 154 mm), pp. 100, [2]; with frontispiece, reproducing Repin’s portrait of Belyaev from 1886 (chipped at foot); original printed wrappers (dated ‘1885–1914’), spine repaired; small stamp of the Society of the Fine Arts to title and front cover. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Simon Beattie ABA ILAB]
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