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Making Music for Modern Dance : Collaboration in the Formative Years of a New American Art - Katherine Teck

Making Music for Modern Dance

Collaboration in the Formative Years of a New American Art

By: Katherine Teck (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th October 2011
ISBN: 9780199743209
Number Of Pages: 336

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Making Music for Modern Dance traces the collaborative approaches, working procedures, and aesthetic views of the artists who forged a new and distinctly American art form during the first half of the 20th century. The book offers riveting first-hand accounts from innovative artists in the throes of their creative careers and provides a cross-section of the challenges faced by modern choreographers and composers in America. These articles are complemented by excerpts from astute observers of the music and dance scene as well as by retrospective evaluations of past collaborative practices.

Beginning with the careers of pioneers Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn, and continuing through the avant-garde work of John Cage for Merce Cunningham, the book offers insights into the development of modern dance in relation to its music. Editor Katherine Teck's introductions and afterword offer historical context and tie the artists' essays in with collaborative practices in our own time. The substantive notes suggest further materials of interest to students, practicing dance artists and musicians, dance and music history scholars, and to all who appreciate dance.

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"Wow! A book with such glorious content and organization that I would enthusiastically use it in my own courses, and recommend it to students and all readers in modern dance history, music for dance, collaborative and interdisciplinary arts, and American music history. How wonderful to have all these primary sources (many rare or previously unavailable) under one cover, each one placed in a clear context. A fantastic contribution illuminating an often neglected subject."--Greg Presley, Music Instructor, Gonzaga University, and former pianist for Martha Graham "This meticulously researched and annotated collection of articles gives invaluable context to the development of dance as an American art form and the intertwining and influences of leading composers and dance figures to its history."--Janet Mansfield Soares, author, Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance and Professor of Dance Emerita, Barnard College, Columbia University "[Teck] makes the topic and relevant time periods very much alive for the reader, and she connects the issues to the current day...The scope of the book is comprehensive in examining not only trends and the shape of a movement, but also the ins and outs of creative collaboration told from the participants' perspectives."--Attitude Dancers Magazine "This is a terrific new book on music and dance, a must for choreographers, dancers, teachers, musicians...This is a huge contribution."--American Dance Guild

Introduction: Threads of America's Heritage in Music and Dance Part One: Musical Collaboration for a New Era in Dance Overview: The Question of Using Old Music for New Dance 1. Émile Jaques-Dalcroze. How to Revive Dancing Music and the Dancer 2. Isadora Duncan. Dancing to Beethoven's Seventh Symphony 3. Baird Hastings. Music for Isadora Duncan's Dance 4. Helen Caldwell. The Dance Poems of Michio Ito: The White Peacock, to Music by Griffes 5. Denishawn program. America and the Dance Music Visualization 6. Norman Cazden. On Dancing to Bach: Humphrey-Weidman Programs 7. Ted Shawn. American Music and Composers: What Dancers Need Part Two: Creative Procedures and Ingredients Overview: Some Challenges of Collaboration, and Composers Debate What Works 8. Louis Horst. Music and Dance: The New Generation's Change in Methods 9. Henry Gilfond. Louis Horst 10. Gertrude Lippincott. A Quiet Genius Himself: A Dance Teacher's Tribute to Louis Horst 11. Wallingford Riegger. Synthesizing Music and the Dance 12. Ernestine Stodelle. Sensing the Dancer's Impulse: A Dancer Talks about the Art of Composer-Accompanists 13. Vivian Fine. My Scores for Modern Dance: Tragedy and Comedy 14. Doris Humphrey. The Race of Life: My Side of the Story The Relationship of Music and Dance 15. Lehman Engel. Under Way: Composing for Martha Graham Details of Contemporary Collaboration 16. Henry Cowell. Relating Music and Concert Dance: An Idea for Elastic Form 17. Norman Lloyd. Sound-Companion for Dance: Henry Cowell's Talent 18. Norman Lloyd. Composing for the Dance: A Retrospective Overview of Procedures; Personal Experiences; and Advice to Collaborators Part Three: Towards New "American" Styles Overview: Defining "American" Music; Common Musical Concerns of Ballet and Modern Dance 19. Verna Arvey. The Cosmopolitan Scene of the 1920s and '30s: Avant-Garde Experiments; Symphonic Ballet Scores; Jazz 20. Virgil Thomson. The Theatrical Thirties 21. Katherine Teck: Virgil Thomson's Later Reflections 22. Dance Observer. Editorial: Dance and American Composers Drawing Upon Folk Music and War-Time Patriotism 23. Woody Guthrie. People Dancing 24. Nora Guthrie. Sophie Maslow and Woody 25. Agnes de Mille. Music for Martha 26. Aaron Copland. The Commission for Appalachian Spring 27. Gail Levin. Aaron Copland's America 28. Richard Philp. Appalachian Spring: An Appreciation 54 Years Later Building on the Horton Experience 29. Larry Warren and Others. Lester Horton: Of Money, Music, and Motivation 30. Katherine Teck. Kenneth Klauss: Musician for California Dancers 31. Katherine Teck. Carmen de Lavallade: Dancing to Many Musical Styles 32. Alvin Ailey. Instructions: How to Play the Drums 33. Jennifer Dunning. Alvin Ailey's Revelations 34. Alvin Ailey with A. Peter Bailey. How Revelations Came to Be Part Four: Instruments, Technology, and the Avant-Garde Overview: Expanding Timbre Possibilities with Percussion, Vocalization, Electronic Instruments, and the Sounds Around Us 35. Franziska Boas. Percussion Music and Its Relation to the Modern Dance 36. Henry Cowell. East Indian Tala Music 37. Lehman Engel. Choric Sound for the Dance 38. John Cage. Goal: New Music, New Dance 39. Otto Luening. Electronic Music for Doris Humphrey's Theatre Piece No. 2 40. Alwin Nikolais. My Total Theater Concept 41. John Cage. Experimental Music 42. John Cage. Communication 43. Carolyn Brown. Dancing with the Avant-Garde Part Five: Well-Springs of Creative Collaboration Overview: Diverse Methods and Aesthetic Ideas 44. Leonard Bernstein. "Fun" in Music and the Dance 45. Paul Taylor. Why I Make Dances 46. Carlos Surinach. My Intention to Serve Spanish Ballet Serves American Modern Dancers Instead 47. Lou Harrison. Meditations on Melodies, Modes, Emotion, and Creation 48. Lucia Dlugoszewski. New Music for the Dance: Choices Open to Collaborators at Mid-Century Part Six: Master Artists Speak to Future Generations Overview: Postwar Trends, and Music in the Training of Dancers 49. Erick Hawkins. My Love Affair With Music 50. Bessie Schönberg. Finding Your Own Voice 51. Paul Draper. Music and Dancing 52. José Limón. Dancers Are Musicians Are Dancers Afterword: Creativity in One's Own Time Appendix: Checklist of Composers Notes, Commentary, and Recommended Resources Bibliographic Essay Index

ISBN: 9780199743209
ISBN-10: 0199743207
Series: Source Readings
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 27th October 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.53

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