Spectacular Avant-Garde Artwork
This cover is a good example of the increasing tendency in the 1920s for Soviet artists to becoming active in multiple forms of expression, not only their ‘niche’. The call was for artists to become ‘art workers’ and turn their hands to any creative job.
In this spirit, the cover of the sheet music was illustrated by Konstantin Yakovlevich Mironov, who was himself an actor in this production of Turandot, playing the part of Ismail. The graphic embraces the avant-garde style of immediate engagement of the eye, promising dynamism and spectacle.
Mironov was also a respected theatre director and teacher. He was killed in the war in 1941, fighting near Kaluga.
The title page reads:
N. Sizov and
The Music from
the production of
The Third Studio
of the Moscow Arts Theatre
State Publishing House