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Adventures of a Ballet Historian

Author : Ivor Guest
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A historian's task is a voyage of discovery, and in these personal reminiscences Ivor Guest allows the reader to share the romance of recreating times past. Since his first published article appeared in the 1940s he has vastly expanded and enriched our knowledge of ballet in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through more than a score of books, many of them definitive works, that are a rare blend of scrupulous scholarship and readability. The story of his involvement in the world of ballet is a romance in itself. When he was drawn to the study of ballet history, comparatively little serious research had been done, and he found himself working in virtually virgin soil - the fulfillment of an historian's dream. The Paris Opera, with its library and archives, became his mecca, where he returned year after year to unearth the material on which were based his classic chronicles of the French ballet. In time his pre-eminence was to be recognised when he - an Englishman - was commissioned to write the official history of the Paris Opera Ballet. For him all this was a labour of love - almost in a literal sense, for as he reconstructed the lives of long-dead ballerinas through his patient research and deductive sleuthing, he fell under their spell like a man in love. His biographies are written with an easy style that conceals the toil that went into them, but in this book he tells of his quests for characters who were often maddeningly elusive, such as his 'first love', Fanny Cerrito. The account of his search for the date of her death is told with a touch of fine comedy, and culminates in the discovery of her descendants. These 'Adventures' are concerned mainly with Ivor Guest's work as a writer, but this is by no means the whole story. He played a crucial part in the creation of Frederick Ashton's 'La Fille mal gardée', discovering the early scores from which the music for this evergreen ballet was adapted, and his marriage to Ann Hutchinson led him up new paths as they combined their talents, hers as a specialist in dance notation, to recreate several choreographic gems from the past, including Fanny Elssler's famous Cachucha. And, to emphasise that his life is not all spent at his desk or in dusty archives, he tells the story of his involvement with the Royal Academy of Dance, as Chairman of its Executive Committee from 1969, when it was on the verge of bankruptcy, to the 1980s when it was riding high as the largest and most vital association of ballet teachers in the world. These reminiscences illuminate an aspect of the dance world that seldom comes into the limelight, yet is of great importance for its cultural significance. Scholars and writers who lift the curtain on the past work quietly in the background. This book tells the story of one of them, who in the field of dance scholarship is internationally recognised for his work.

The Cambridge Companion to Ballet

Author : Marion Kant
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A collection of essays by international writers on the evolution of ballet.

Adventures of a Postmodern Historian

Author : Robert A. Rosenstone
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Robert Rosenstone was among the first 'postmodern' historians, and remains one of the most renowned. In this honest, revealing and often funny memoir, he shows us how he got there and why. Adventures of a Postmodern Historian chronicles Rosenstone's research journeys over half a century. Beginning in the 1960s, his offbeat trajectory took him on adventures through the police states of Franco Spain and the Soviet Union, to the Shinto shrines and Zen temples of Japan and ultimately to Hollywood. Alongside his own memoirs, Rosenstone reflects upon developments and changes within the realm of professional history, which in turn reflect the social, cultural, and intellectual shifts of the late 20th century. A pioneer of experimental and creative history, he suggests how the experience of the historian can inflect the written history, and provides a defence of innovation in historical writing that is both intellectually rigorous and entertaining. In doing so he offers a window into the state of history today – and points to exciting new ways of writing the past. This is a book about the craft of history, about both doing research and writing it. It should be required reading for all historians.

The Reader s Adviser

Author : Paula T. Kaufman
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Adventures of a Church Historian

Author : Leonard J. Arrington
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Adventures of a Church Historian details how Leonard J. Arrington opened up archival resources and presided, for a time, over an unprecedented era of enlightenment as he and those working under his aegis produced path-breaking works of Mormon scholarship. Arrington was the first professional historian and the first noncentral authority to serve as church historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a position he held from 1972 to 1982. Arrington's church appointment came at a crucial point in LDS history, when the institution was being transformed from a regional church whose ecclesiastical hierarchy directly presided over its congregants into a modern, worldwide church with an elaborate bureaucracy. His description of conducting research in the LDS Church Archives in the days of Elder Joseph Fielding Smith and Brother A. Will Lund provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the LDS First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Riveting chapters on the actions of the controversial Historical Department reveal details of Arrington's release and replacement as the old system gave way to the new.

Arthur Symons Spiritual Adventures

Author : Nicholas Freeman
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Arthur Symons is best known for his poetry, his critical study The Symbolist Movement in Literature (1900), and his editorship of The Savoy (1896). Poised between decadence and modernism, his short fiction has been less heralded, but deserves a much wider audience for its haunting portraits of painters, pianists, actresses, and aesthetes struggling to balance the competing demands of art and life. Fully annotated and supplemented by valuable contextual materials, the first critical edition of Symons’s fiction reprints Spiritual Adventures (1905), alongside four uncollected early stories and a revealing selection of his essays on travel, music, and theatre.

Ballet in Leicester Square

Author : Ivor Guest
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The Romantic Ballet in Paris

Author : Ivor Forbes Guest
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Presents the stars of the Romantic ballet, as well as the choreographers, composers, designers and balletomanes of the first half of the nineteenth century. This study is suitable for serious followers of ballet.

Index to Dance Periodicals

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Small Press Record of Books in Print

Author : Len Fulton
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Whitaker s Cumulative Book List

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Book Review Index

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Every 3d issue is a quarterly cumulation.

Ballet Under Napoleon

Author : Ivor Guest
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With the publication of this title, Dr Guest completes his massive survey of ballet in France from 1770 to 1870. This volume covers the period from 1793 to 1819, the time of such luminaries as Gardel, Milon, Vestris, Duport and Bigottini. The period has often been dismissed as an interlude of decadence before the flowering of the romantic ballet, but as Dr. Guest reveals in this account, it was in fact a period of great significance in the development of ballet as a major theatre art.

Gautier on Dance

Author : Théophile Gautier
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Jules Perrot

Author : Ivor Forbes Guest
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Jules Perrot was one of the most brilliant and the most influential choreographers of his age. This intimate biography illustrates how one man's contributions have helped weave the fabric of ballet tradition.

Dancing in the Millennium Conference 2000 Washington D C

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The Paris Op ra Ballet

Author : Ivor Guest
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The cradle of ballet, tracing the origin of ballet as a theatre art back to its foundation by Louis XIV in 1669.

The Ballet of the Enlightenment

Author : Ivor Guest
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Ballet News

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Echoes of American Ballet

Author : Lillian Moore
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