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Author Redfern, Sophie, author.

Title Bernstein and Robbins : the early ballets / Sophie Redfern
Published Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2021


Description 1 online resource (xxix, 293 pages) : illustrations, music
Series Eastman Studies in Music ; v. 173
Eastman studies in music ; v. 173.
Contents Setting the scene : American ballet and Jerome Robbins -- Toward a first ballet : Fancy free takes shape -- Creating Fancy free : a long-distance collaboration -- The music of Fancy free : the sketches and score explored -- The Fancy free premiere and a move to Broadway -- Toward a second ballet : Bye bye Jackie and the creation of Facsimile -- The music of Facsimile : the sketches and score explored -- The Facsimile premiere and legacy of the ballets -- Epilogue: Bernstein and dance
Summary Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins stand as giants of the musical-theatre world, but it was ballet that launched their stage careers and established their relationship. With Fancy Free (1944), their triumphant debut collaboration produced by Ballet Theatre, Bernstein, Robbins, and set designer Oliver Smith-all in their mid-twenties- captured the spirit of wartime New York, created a defining ballet of the period still widely performed today, and became overnight sensations. The hit musical On the Town (1944) and a now largely forgotten ballet, Facsimile (1946), followed over the next two years. Drawing extensively on previously unpublished archival documents, Bernstein and Robbins: The Early Ballets provides a richly detailed and original historical account of the creation, premiere, and reception of Fancy Free and Facsimile. It reveals the vital and sometimes conflicting role of Ballet Theatre, explores how Bernstein composed the scores, sheds light on the central importance of Oliver Smith, and considers the legacy of these works for all involved. The result is a new understanding of Bernstein, Robbins, and this formative period in their lives
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-281) and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 16, 2021)
Subject Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990 -- Criticism and interpretation
Robbins, Jerome -- Criticism and interpretation
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990. Fancy free.
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990. Facsimile.
SUBJECT Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990 fast
Robbins, Jerome fast
Fancy free (Choreographic work : Robbins)
Facsimile (Choreographic work : Robbins)
Fancy free (Choreographic work : Robbins) fast
Fancy free (Bernstein, Leonard) fast
Facsimile (Choreographic work : Robbins) fast
Subject Ballets -- 20th century -- History and criticism
MUSIC / History & Criticism.
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / Classical & Ballet.
MUSIC / Individual Composer & Musician
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020952098
ISBN 9781787449282