Twentieth-century American Music for the Dance: A Bibliography

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Isabelle Putnam Emerson
Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Music - 198 pages
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Twentieth-Century American Music for the Dance: A Bibliography provides a guide to one of the most important areas of modern music. The close and mutually beneficial relationship that has existed between dance and music from the early days of this century and the collaboration of Fokine or Nijinsky and Stravinsky to the later years and the partnership of Cunningham and Cage has yielded a formidably large repertoire of music--much of it, like its partner-art, in the vanguard of modern creativity. Dance commissions have brought into existence music that would otherwise not have been created; dance performance has in many cases afforded an audience for music that would otherwise have gone unheard. Dance has shown itself, especially in the United States, to be a nurturing theatre for modern music, while music has in turn proved to be extraordinary stimulus to the dance. This bibliography provides for the first time data about compositions, composers, and choreographers, including information about first performances, publishers, and location of scores. Composers and choreographers, students and historians, professional musicians and dancers, and aficionados of music and art will find this reference work extremely useful. The bibliography is arranged alphabetically by composer; indexes by composition and by choreographer provide ready access to each work. Lists of composer-choreographer and choreographer-composer partnerships are included.

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About the author (1996)

ISABELLE EMERSON is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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