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Léon Thérémin

Lev Sergeyevich Termen (Russian: Лев Сергеевич Термéн, IPA: [ˈlʲef sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvʲɪtɕ tɨrˈmʲen]; 28 August [O.S. 15 August] 1896 – 3 November 1993), or Léon Theremin in the United States, was a Russian and Soviet inventor, most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments and the first to be mass-produced. He also devised the interlace technique for improving the quality of a video signal, still widely used in video and television technology. His listening device, "The Thing", hung for seven years in plain view in the United States Ambassador's Moscow office and enabled Soviet agents to eavesdrop on secret conversations.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 27th, 1896 (Saint Petersburg), Died November 3rd, 1993 (Moscow)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: theremin

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-56181 10-in. 10/4/1929 Etude, op. 10, no. 3 Léon Thérémin Theremin solo, with piano instrumentalist, theremin  
Victor BVE-56182 10-in. 10/4/1929 Deep night Léon Thérémin Theremin solo, with piano instrumentalist, theremin  
Victor [Unnumbered 1929-10-04-01] Not documented 10/4/1929 Romance Léon Thérémin Theremin solo, with piano instrumentalist, theremin  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thérémin, Léon," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107679.

Thérémin, Léon. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107679.

"Thérémin, Léon." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107679

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