Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Noelle Mann (1946-2010)

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Noelle Mann (1946-2010)

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Noelle Mann, who died on 23 April 2010, was the founding Curator of the Serge Prokofiev Archive, founding Editor of the journal Three Oranges, and Chair of the Serge Prokofiev Foundation.

Noelle founded the Archive in 1994, and from then until her retirement at the end of 2006, was responsible for its development into a resource of fundamental importance for Prokofiev scholars from all over the world.

In addition to building an important collection of primary and secondary resources at the Archive, Noelle brought together the international community of Prokofiev specialists and enthusiasts through a range of events, most significantly the 2003 festival to mark the 50th anniversary of Prokofiev's death.

In January 2001, Noelle established Three Oranges, the only journal in the world devoted to Prokofiev studies, and now widely read internationally. She used her unique talents to draw the very best from her diverse network of contributors--academics, musicians and enthusiasts, resulting in the publication in every issue of articles on topics that had previously received little attention. Shortly before her death she was planning the journal's 10th anniversary issue, No. 20, to be published at the end of 2010.


Following her retirement from the Archive, Noelle took on the role of Chair of the trustees of the Serge Prokofiev Foundation. In this capacity, she continued to play a key role in all aspects of the Foundation's work, planning projects, some of which are yet to be fully realised, but have their future ensured thanks to her vision and dedication. …

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