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  • Published: New York : Flash Point, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 48 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • Lexile: 710

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  • 9781596433380
  • 1596433388

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Ballet for Martha : making Appalachian Spring

by Greenberg, Jan, 1942-

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Call number: J 792.842 Gr

Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Malletts Youth, Traverwood Youth, West Youth

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"A Neal Porter Book".

Tells the story behind the creation of "Appalachian Spring," describing Aaron Copland's composition, Martha Graham's intense choreography and Isamu Noguchi's set design.

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Excellent introduction to Appalachian Spring as well as the careers of three indispensable American artists

Ballet for Martha shares the story of how dancer Martha Graham, composer Aaron Copland, and architect Isamu Noguchi collaborated to create the renowned dance performance, Appalachian Spring. Readers encounter the entire process of creating Appalachian Spring, from the its origins in Graham's imagination, to its adaptation and expansion in light of Copland's completed score and Noguchi's set design, to the night of the first performance. Greenberg doesn't shy away from portraying collaboration and the process of creating art as difficult. We learn that all of the artists involved in the project struggled to bring the project to life. Despite being 2-D and static, Floca's excellent water color illustrations manage to capture the exuberance of the original performance. Source notes, a bibliography, and biographies of Graham, Copland, and Noguchi are presented at the book's end. An excellent introduction to Appalachian Spring as well as the careers of three indispensable American artists.

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