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Lyda Bagriansky Geist and Edwin Geist collection

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    Lyda Bagriansky Geist and Edwin Geist collection

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    Contains manuscript musical scores, biographical documents, newspaper articles, photographs, correspondence, concert programs, and audio recordings and video recordings of performances of the work of composer Edwin Geist. The collection largely consists of original and copied manuscript musical scores of Geist’s work, as well as recordings and documents from performances of Geist’s works between 1973 and 2012. The material in this collection was assembled by Rosian Bagriansky Zerner, the niece of Edwin Geist, and her father, Paul Bagriansky, whose sister was married to Geist.
    inclusive:  1919-2013
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rosian Bagriansky Zerner
    Collection Creator
    Edwin Geist
    Edwin Ernst Moritz Geist (1902-1942) was a German composer, originally from Berlin, who moved to Kaunas, Lithuania after he was expelled by the Nazis from the Reichsmusikkammer (Reich Music Chamber) in 1937. After arriving in Lithuania, Geist married the pianist Lyda Bagriansky, in 1938, and experienced his most productive period as a composer during the next several years, creating the opera "Die Heimkehr des Dionysos" (1934-1939), "Kleine Deutsche Totenmesse" (1940), and "Kosmischer Frühling" (1941). After the German invasion of Lithuania in 1941, Geist and his wife Lyda were imprisoned at the Ninth Fort in Kaunas, where Geist was held until he was released through the intervention of friends in March1942. Geist sought to obtain the release of Lyda as well, but he was rearrested several months later and was shot on 10 December 1942. After learning of his death, Lyda took her own life as well. Geist's music was rediscovered in Lithuania in the 1970s, and "Die Heimkehr des Dionysos" had its premiere in Vilnius in 2002, and his works have been performed in Germany, Lithuania, and the United States in the years since.

    Physical Details

    3 boxes
    2 oversize boxes
    2 oversize folders
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged in three series: I. Biographical and Performances, II. Scores, and III. Sound recordings and moving image materials. The second series (Scores) is further divided into three subseries: A. Manuscript (Berlin), B. Copies (Lithuania), and C. Performances, 2002-2008.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Personal Name
    Geist, Edwin, 1902-1942.

    Administrative Notes

    Gift of Rosian Bagriansky Zerner, 2013.
    Record last modified:
    2023-02-24 13:43:50
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