Alexei Kruchenykh, et al.: Victory Over the Sun (1912–) [RU, EN, DE]

19 October 2012, dusan

Victory over the Sun (Победа над Cолнцем; Pobeda nad Solntsem) is a Russian Futurist opera premiered in 1913 at the Luna Park in Saint Petersburg.

The libretto written in zaum language was contributed by Alexei Kruchenykh, the music was written by Mikhail Matyushin, the prologue was added by Velimir Khlebnikov, and the stage designer was Kazimir Malevich. The performance was organized by the artistic group Soyuz Molodyozhi. The opera has become famous as the event where Malevich made his first Black Square painting (in 1915).

The opera was intended to underline parallels between literary text, musical score, and the art of painting, and featured a cast of such extravagant characters as Nero and Caligula in the Same Person, Traveller through All the Ages, Telephone Talker, The New Ones, etc.

The audience reacted negatively and even violently to the performance, as have some subsequent critics and historians.” (Wikipedia)

Published in Moscow, Dec 1912
28 pages

English translation
Translated by Ewa Bartos and Victoria Nes Kirby
Published in The Drama Review 15:4, Fall 1971, pp 106-124

Kruchenykh at Monoskop wiki

Pobeda nad solntsem (Russian, JPGs)
Victory Over the Sun (English, 1971)
Sieg über die Sonne (German, trans. & comm. Gisela Erbslöh, 1976, JPGs/PDF, added on 2015-8-10)

Audio recording (Monoskop wiki)

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