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Funeral Games in Honor of Arthur Vincent Lourié$
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Klára Móricz and Simon Morrison

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199829446

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829446.001.0001

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Arthur Lourié

Arthur Lourié

A Biographical Sketch

(p.28) 1 Arthur Lourié
Funeral Games in Honor of Arthur Vincent Lourié

Olesya Bobrik

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws on recently discovered documents to sketch Lourié’s biography, which offers an unusual challenge for biographers. As it shows, even the composer’s name, birthdate, and birthplace are ambiguous because of frequent relocations, lost documents, ideological battles, and personal reinvention. The chapter provides the specifics of Lourié’s involvement in the Futurist movement in St. Petersburg; his service to Anatoliy Lunacharsky, Lenin’s cultural commissar, in the first years after the Russian Revolution; the reasons for his emigration to the West (Berlin and Paris) in the early 1920s; and his ultimately failed attempt to establish himself as a Russian composer abroad. The chapter concludes with an account of Lourié’s efforts to renew contact with the artists with whom he bonded in his youth, including his muse, the poet Anna Akhmatova.

Keywords:   Futurism, Anatoliy Lunacharsky, Stravinsky, Jacques Maritain, emigration, Anna Akhmatova, Irina Graham

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