A piece by Craft, with some information that came as news to me.
“The four-hand piano score containing my markings for Nijinsky has recently come to light . . . . Its interim owner, between Diaghilev’s death and my adventitious recovery of it at a London auction, June 13, 1967, was the dancer Anton Dolin.”
This choreographic libretto was written in great haste only two weeks beforehand because Nijinsky had failed to invent any guidelines of his own, but it was not followed at the premiere. The great dancer had taken his corps de ballet to Jacques Dalcroze for help, but nothing came of this effort either, and Diaghilev had feared the Paris premiere would have to be cancelled. The impresario begged Stravinsky, who was still busy composing, to write out in plain longhand his own conception of the scenario under each bar of the entire work, but he did so in a faint lead pencil whose script nearly vanished with time. After glancing at the score again in Hollywood, Stravinsky declared it illegible.