Choreographic Music for the Dance

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Lightning Source Incorporated, Mar 1, 2007 - Performing Arts - 548 pages
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Text extracted from opening pages of book: ( Choreographic MUSIC for the DANCE by VERJSTA ARVEY * Illustrated New York: E. P. BUTTON & COMPANY, INC.: ~ -: COPYRIGHT, I94-I; sy.-E. P. DUTTON & co., INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PRINTED IN THE U. S. A. FIRST EDITION To NORMA GOULD, in recognition of her service to all arts allied with the Dance FOREWORD * The art of the Dance is as yet recordless, as fleeting as the life of the artist who interprets it. Once Pavlowa's dancing was supreme artistry. Now it Is mere memory and many descriptive, written words; but the music to which she danced still lives. Mozart danced the Minuet faultlessly. His dancing has passed on with him but the Minuets he wrote remain to charm us with their exquisite perfection. Composers of all times have created a living body of musical literature for the Dance. For those who scorn the writing of such music, and deem it light and unworthy, let it be said that most great composers have been guilty of the crime. We now call their dances classics, simply because they wrote them. This book is therefore occupied equally with the classics of the past and of the future. Then, if music be the spine of Dance, write on, ye com posers great and small! The small will add to the luster of the great, and the great will re-create in their music the ephemeral Dance and its disappearing forms. TABLE OF CONTENTS * CHAPTER FACE I The Function of Music in Primitive Dance Ceremonials . . . . . 15 II Ancient Choreographic Music and its Survival 25 III Dance Music in the Middle Ages . . . 49 IV Folk Dance Music . . . . . . 60 V Formal French Ballet Music . ., . 78 VI Ballet Music in Early Operas . . . 96 VII Formal Italian Ballet Music . . ..112 VIII Formal Russian Ballet Music ., .123 IX Instrtimental Dance Suites . . . . 1,34 X Dance Movements in Symphonies . . . 144 XI Ballets in Later Operas ..... 156 XII Music Inspired by Dance . . . .181 XIII Idealized Dance Music . .... 192 XIV The Walte an d Its Creators . . . . 222 XV Igor Stravinsky . . . . . .239 XVI Other Russian Ballets . . . . .260 XVII The Influence of the Elements of Jazz on the World* s Dance Music .. . . . 273 XVIII The Ballets of John Alden Carpenter and William Grant Still 286 XIX Other American Ballets 301 XX Modern French Ballets, . ., .312 XXI Spanish, Italian, Latin-American Ballets . 332 IO TABLE OF CONTENTS CKAFTUt XXII Modern German Ballets XXIII English Ballets XXIV Miscellaneous Ballets .... '' XXV The Dance in Silence . . . . XXVI - Occasional Dance Accompaniments . XXVII The Simultaneous Creation of Dance Music ...... XXVIII Problems of the Dancer XXIX Problems of the Composer . XXX Appendices ...... A Explanatory Note .... B Bibliography ..... C Musical Examples .... D Ballet Terms E Miscellaneous Dance Music . Index and,345 355 363 369 379 391 4L3 425 435 435 438 447 459 462 489 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS FACING PAGE Fiji Islanders in a Drum Ritual . -. . . . 32 Javanese Picture Theater Banner . . . . . 33 Drummers who Accompany the Dance in Ceylon . . 64 Egyptian Dancer and Accompanists } from the Tomb of Djeserkara at Thebes . . . . 65 Mexican Mariachi Orchestra and Dancer . . 96 cole de Danse ........ 97 Rameau ( after Carmontelle) . . . . . .128 C. W . von Gluck in his 62nd year, from the painting by /. 5. Duplessis, Paris } 1776 . . . . . 128 Johann Sebastian Bach . . . . . . .129 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, from the painting by Lorenz Fogel,1887 129 Erich Wolfgang Korngold . . . . . .160 Robert Schumann in his 2ist year when he wrote his op. 2, Papillons, from a portrait taken at that time . 1 60 Edward Grieg, etched from life in Chris tiania in 1903 by William Peters . ., . . . . . .161 Igor Stravinsky . .161 Johann Strauss, / r v leading his orchestra in 1853, from a lithograph published at that time . . . .192 Paul Whiteman 193 Adolph Bolm 193 John Alden Carpenter 288 12 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS FACING PAGE William Grant Still 288 cole de Danse, after a painting by Degas ( 1834-1917} 289 Milhau

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