The Origins of Dapnis et Chloe (1912)

19th-Century Music, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Summer 2004), pp. 50-76
by Simon Morrison

Besides Maurice Ravel’s score, the remnants of the original production of Daphnis et Chloé—one known stage photograph, an assortment of studio photographs, seven known costumes, brief reviews, anecdotal memoirs, and a bundle of pencil and pastel drawings—constitute choreographer Mikhail Fokine’s draft and revised scenarios. There also exist proof pages for a shorter version of the 1910 piano score, musical evidence to suggest that Fokine conceived the ballet in 1907 for another composer, and reproductions of Léon Bakst’s stage décor.Though interrelated, these materials are scattered across the globe, preserved in libraries and museums in Russia, Sweden, France, En-gland, and the United States. Their contents detail...