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The seventh symphony
Additional title: Seventh symphony (Choreographic work : Massine)
Massine, Leonide, 1896-1979 (Choreographer)
Bérard, Christian, 1902-1949 (Set designer)
Bérard, Christian, 1902-1949 (Costume designer)
Jessen, Victor (Cinematographer)
Youskevitch, Igor, 1912-1994 (Dancer)
Markova, Alicia, Dame, 1910-2004 (Dancer)
Franklin, Frederic, 1914- (Dancer)
Slavenska, Mia (Dancer)
Theilade, Nini (Dancer)
Guerard, Roland (Dancer)
Zoritch, George, 1917-2009 (Dancer)
Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997 (Dancer)
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo (Performer)
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation (Funder)
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 (Composer)

Victor Jessen Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1940 - 1949 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
First movement: The creation (ca. 15 min.) -- Second movement: The earth (ca. 10 min.) -- Third movement: The sky (ca. 12 min.) -- Fourth movement: The bacchanale and the destruction (ca. 13 min.).
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1706
Jessen, Victor
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: choreography, Leonide Massine ; music by [Ludwig van] Beethoven ; [scenery and costumes, Christian Bérard] ; performed by Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Content: Partly or nearly completed work; sometimes brief segments overlap with repeated sections from different camera location; no footage from 36 min. to 37 min. (only backdrop and several photographs).
Creation/production credits: Credits partially from book entitled, Without permission by Victor Jessen.
Creation/production credits: Filmmaker, Victor Jessen.
Performers: Cast possibly includes: Igor Youskevitch, Alicia Markova, Mia Slavenska, Nini Theilade, Roland Guerard, George Zoritch, Leon Danielian, Frederic Franklin, others.
Venue: Filmed during multiple performances possibly at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium during the late 1940's.
Funding: Transferred to video and cataloged with funds provided by the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.
Biographical/historical: This film was pieced together by the filmmaker Victor Jessen from multiple performances filmed from various camera angles throughout the theater.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (Digital Betacam) (54 min.) : silent, black and white ; 1/2 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18061168
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b5e31cd0-f877-0130-dcb6-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1896: Creator Born
  • 1940: Created (Approximate)
  • 1979: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The seventh symphony" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1940 - 1949.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The seventh symphony" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 23, 2023.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1940 - 1949). The seventh symphony Retrieved from

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The seventh symphony