Relationships Between Score and Choreography in Twentieth-Century Dance Music, Movement and Metaphor

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This study examines the aesthetic interdependence of the two disciplines. It begins with a questionnaire-based survey which reveal the pervasive influence of music on a viewer's perception of movement. It proposes a paradigm which can be used to identify and categorize relationships between choreography and score. Acknowledged classics such as Apollo, Agon, Errand Into the Maze, and The Catherine Wheel are subjected to detailed choreomusical analysis, utilizing the paradigm as part of a comprehensive examination of music-movement affinities. Current dance scholarship has virtually ignored the area of music-dance relationships, so this book will be useful for courses on music for dancers, dance philosophy and aesthetics, dance history, choreography, movement and analysis, and other areas of dance scholarship.


"In a somewhat academic-style -- but still clear and accessible -- Hodgins offers his analysis of what he calls choreomusical affinities between dance movements, musical interpretation, and the myths or stories portrayed by that combination. . . . The book explores in some depth the Balanchine-Stravinsky partnership; and also the 'shared-roots' and stylistic integrity of Loring-Copland, Jooss-Cohen, and Graham-Menotti." -- Dance Teacher Now

"The large structure of the book is clear and logical. . . . he clearly understands the key theoretical issues involved in discussing relationships between music and dance, and he provides a useful introduction to the question of representation in music. . . . The musical examples for The Green Table are invaluable - the score is unpublished and they are taken from a solo piano version, housed in the Dance Notation Bureau in New York." - Dance Chronicle

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