4to (245 x 174mm.), [limited to 1000 copies], 3 pages of reproductions of Matyushin’s score, original pictorial wrappers, upper cover with an illustration by K. Malevich and lower by D. Burliuk, wrappers repaired at corners and backstrip
an important milestone in the russian futurist movement.
Matyushin’s opera was always intended to shock and was performed in conjunction with the Union of Youth at the Luna Park in St Petersburg in December 1913, becoming one of the landmarks in Russian Futurist history. Pobeda nad solntsem is one of the finest examples of the Futurist joint art form with its libretto by Kruchenykh, using the language of "zaum" and the apocalyptic imagery of Symbolism and Futurism, as the earth defeats the sun after a fierce battle, with the score by Matyushin and sets and costume by Malevich. Malevich’s cover design is a representation of one of his stage designs, in the transitional style between Futurism and Suprematism. These designs are the earliest known examples of his Suprematist style. The prologue to the opera was written by Khlebnikov.
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