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Sergei Diaghilev

Biography ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev. Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (March 19, 1872 – August 19, 1929), often known as Serge, was a Russian ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes from which many famous dancers and choreographers would later arise. Born in Perm, Russia, in 1910 Diaghilev organised the first of 20 ballet seasons in […]

Synaesthesia

Definition of synaesthesia. Synaesthesia is the neurological mixing of the senses. A synaesthetic may, for example, hear colors, see sounds, and taste tactile sensations. While this may happen in a person who has autism, it is by no means exclusive to autistics. Synaesthesia is a common effect of some hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD. Synaesthetics […]

Ballets Russes

History of Serge Diaghilev’s ballet company. The ballet company Ballets Russes created a sensation in Western Europe in the early years of the 20th century, due to the great vitality of Russian ballet, as compared with what was current in France at the time. It became the most influential ballet company in 20th century, and […]

Plato

Plato (c. 427 BC – c. 347 BC) was an immensely influential classical Greek philosopher, student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle. His most famous work is The Republic (Greek Politeia, ‘city’) in which he outlines his vision of “an ideal” state. He also wrote the Laws and many dialogues in which Socrates is the […]

Aristotle

Aristotle, known as Aristoteles in most languages other than English (Aristotele in Italian), (384 BC – March 7, 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher. Along with Plato, he is often considered to be one of the two most influential philosophers in Western thought. Introduction The three greatest ancient Greek philosophers were Aristotle, Plato, who was […]

Archytas

Archytas (428 BC – 347 BC), was a Greek philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, statesman, strategist and commander-in-chief. Archytas was born in Tarentum, Magna Graecia (now Italy) and was the son of Mnesagoras or Histiaeus. He was taught for a while by Philolaus and he was a teacher of mathematics to Eudoxus of Cnidus. He was scientist […]

Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky (or Vasily Kandinsky) (December 16, 1866 – December 13, 1944) was a painter and art theorist. He was born in Moscow but spent his childhood in Odesa. He started painting studies in 1896 in Munich and went back to Moscow in 1918 after the Russian Revolution. Being in conflict with official theories on […]

A Portrait of Mischa Tulin

Thereminist Mischa Tulin.

Mischa Tulin landed in New York, coming from near St. Petersburg, Russia, just at the onset of the Russian Revolution circa 1917. His musical forte was the piano and composition. While working for RCA, he was sent to Russia to persuade Prof. Theremin to come to the U.S. where RCA would benefit from his electronic […]