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Learn about Theremin history through original documents.
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The original italian text from the 1935 book "Prodigi e misteri delle radio-onde", by D. E. Ravalico, which was quoted by Lucie Bigelow Rosen in a concert program published in this site.
by D. E. Ravalico May 25, 2007
In this writing, dating from the middle Thirties, Lucie Bigelow Rosen, thereminist and patroness of Léon Theremin himself, describes the technical and musical characteristics of the theremin.
by Lucie Bigelow Rosen May 08, 2007
In one of his 1960 "New York Philarmonic Young People's Concerts" Bernstein talks about the Theremin, the Ondes Martenot and the Tape Recorder. They're all new instruments producing new sounds, he says, but the most important is the Tape Recorder. Then he presents a Concerto for Tape-Recorder and Orchestra by Luening and Ussachevsky. What if he had thought that the Theremin was the most important? Maybe we could now have a 1960 video of Clara Rockmore playing at the Carnegie Hall with the New York Philarmonic.
by Leonard Bernstein December 30, 2004
Clara Rockmore's 1936 Rockport, Maine concert program.
January 27, 2004
An article about thereminist Juliet Shaw published by The Bridgeport Sunday Post on November 20, 1938.
by Annie Bridge January 27, 2004
This article, published by the New York Times on April 26 1967, revealed to the world that Léon Theremin was still alive and caused reaction in the United States. But the consequences were bitter: the inventor's lab at the Moskow conservatory was dismantled and all the instruments destroyed.
by Harold C. Schonberg January 27, 2004
A 1936 article taken from Radio Craft announcing the invention of the "Terpsitone" dance platform and exposing technical details and schematics of the apparatus.
by C. P. Mason January 27, 2004
by Leon Theremin November 13, 2003
A flyer dating from the Thirties promoting russian thereminist Mischa Tulin.
by Anonymous November 12, 2002
A flyer (the exact date of publication is unknown but it dates from the Thirties) promoting thereminist Charles Stein.
November 11, 2002
An interview with Samuel Hoffman published by Down Beat magazine 02.09.1951.
by Charles Emge November 05, 2002
An article about Léon Theremin's invention appeared in the Literary Digest on October 29, 1927.
by Anonymous October 26, 2002
An interview that Clara Rockmore gave to Robert Moog in 1977.
by Bob Moog October 26, 2002
Reprint of the article appeared in the Literary Digest, on October 1, 1927, describing the lecture-recital that Léon Theremin presented at the international exposition in Frankfurt "Music in the Life of the People" on August 4, 1927.
October 25, 2002
A letter written by Edgard Varèse to Léon Theremin in 1941.
by Edgard Varèse October 09, 2002
Interview conducted in France in 1989, when Leon Theremin (Lev Sergeyevich Termen) first emerged from Russia after 51 years of state arrest.
by Olivia Mattis October 04, 2002
The Birth of the Theremin In the years previous to 1920, a young student, Lev Sergeivitch Termen (a name which was thereafter gallicized to Léon Théremin), built an electronic musical instrument in St. Petersburg.
by TVOX Editorial Staff February 05, 2001
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