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The Performing Arts: A Melding of Genius

A Melding of Genius

About Stravinsky, Diaghilev and Nijinsky

"Stravinsky's unleashing of new rhythmic force in The Rite of Spring was one of the great musical revolutions of the years before World War I; but it was only the most striking innovation by a composer who never tired of setting himself new challenges."  
The Oxford Companion to Music.  

About Bernstein, Robbins, Laurents, and Sondheim

"Gang warfare is the material of West Side Story, which opened at the Winter Garden last evening and very little of the hideousness has been left out.  But the author, composer and ballet designer are creative artists.  Pooling imagination and virtuosity they have written a profoundly moving show that is as ugly as the city jungles and also pathetic, tender and forgiving."  Brooks Atkinson
New York Times

About Tchaikovsky and Petipa

"Tchaikovsky was the first composer of real stature to see ballet as a substantial art, and his music lifted dance onto a new plane."  
Jennifer Homans

About Copland and Graham

"When Appalachian Spring debuted at the Library of Congress on Oct. 30, 1944, the one-act ballet made dance history...The confluence of several creative forces, each at the top of their game, is a key ingredient to the work’s success. These included choreographer and dancer Martha Graham and her dance partner Erick Hawkins; composer Aaron Copland and artist and set designer Isamu Noguchi."