[A FAREWELL TO VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY] Klubnyy repertuar [i.e. Club Repertoire]
Moscow: VTSSPS, 1930. #5 of 12 published. 48 pp.: ill. 25x18 cm. In original constructivist wrappers.
Extremely rare. This fifth issue of the Club Repertoire magazine is dedicated to the memory of Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930).
Printed in Moscow in 1930, the Club Repertoire was a supplement to a bimonthly illustrated magazine Kul’turnaya revolyutsiya [i.e. Cultural Revolution]. The monthly supplement was published under the editorship of I. Isaev and after 12 issues was merged with another supplement Klubynaya stsena [i.e. Club Scene]. The magazine was disbanded in 1931.
This fifth issue of the magazine intends to commemorate the life and the artistic path of Vladimir Mayakovsky, who committed suicide a few weeks earlier. The edition opens with an editorial note Poet of the Revolution and includes articles by I. Isaev, Osip Brik, A. Kruming, L. Kritsberg, and L. Levinskaya. In their writings, the authors offer both biographical information (by Osib Brik) and analysis of Mayakovsky’s literary oeuvre. Importantly, the issue serves as the first Soviet magazine to fully publish an updated text of Vladimir’s famous play Moskva gorit (1905 god) [i.e. Moscow is Burning (1905)]. The revision was caused by the fact that three weeks before Mayakovsky’s death the editorial board of the magazine asked the poet to adapt the text of the play for outdoor production: the play was conceived to be performed in the Park of Culture and Recreation in Moscow. According to an agreement with the Club Repertoire concluded on March 24, 1930, Mayakovsky was supposed to submit the text the next day. In the revised version, the author replaced the subtitle pantomime-féerie with mass actions with songs and words, added new characters (Pope Pius XI, who had recently spoken out against Soviet Russia; Joseph Pilsudski, the Polish Chief of State and virtual dictator; Andre Tardieu, Premier of France; and Ramsey Macdonald, Prime Minister of England) and changed the finale. The editorial board of the magazine printed the second version of the play a few weeks after Mayakovsky’s death. Interestingly, the text is followed by the article Plan postanovki Moskva gorit [i.e. The Plan of the Production of Moscow is Burning], in which the author, L. Kritsberg, step by step reviews organizational principles of the play and offers the director’s comments regarding the production. This is particularly important as the idea to stage the play in the Park of Culture and Recreation was never fulfilled, and Moscow is Burning opened on April 21, 1930 at the First Moscow State Circus based on the first version of the play (directed by E. Radlov and designed by V. Khodasevich).
The issue includes excerpts from Mayakovsky’s poems Oblako v shtanakh [i.e. A Cloud in Trousers], Xorosho! [i.e. Good!], Vo ves’ golos [i.e. At the Top of One’s Voice] and some of his verses (Nash marsh [i.e. Our March], Levyy Marsh [i.e. Left March], Luchshiy stikh [i.e. The Best Verse], Rasskaz liteyshchika Ivana Kozyreva o vselenii v novuyu kvartiru [i.e. The Story of the Foundry Worker Ivan Kozyrev about his Moving into a New Apartment], etc.). The authors unanimously acknowledge the great oratorical talent of the poet and offer recommendations on how to read Mayakovsky’s poems.
The issue features constructivist wrapper design and black-and-white illustrations. Especially interesting is the constructivist style layout of the mass production design by L. Levinskaya.
Overall, an extremely important issue commemorating Vladimir Mayakovsky.
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