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SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Updated from the 1983 Catalogue by Susan Au et al.

        

García-Márquez, Vicente. The Ballets Russes: Colonel de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, 1931-1952. New York: A. Knopf, 1990. Includes sections on ballets choreographed by Balanchine for the company.

García-Márquez, Vicente. Massine: A Biography.  New York: Knopf, 1995. Includes material on Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

        

Garfunkel, Trudy. On Wings of Joy: The Story of Ballet from the 16th Century to Today.  Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1984. Balanchine occupies a prominent place in this historical overview for young readers.

Garis, Robert. Following Balanchine.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. Analysis of Balanchine's ballets by a longtime observer.

        

Gayevsky, Vadim. Divertissement: Sud'by klassicheskogo baleta (Divertissement: The Fortunes of the Classical Ballet). Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1981. A series of essays on classical ballet by a distinguished and highly original Russian dance scholar. The chapter 'An essay on Balanchine' looks at Balanchine ballets presented in the Soviet Union by New York City Ballet and the Paris Opéra Ballet and includes a structural and aesthetic analysis of Symphony in C. It is considered a breakthrough in Russian dance criticism.

Gayevsky, Vadim. Dom Petipa (The House of Petipa).  Moscow: ART [Artist, Regisseur, Teatr], 2000. The chapter 'Balanchine Way' considers what Balanchine took from Petipa and where he then departed from Petipa's philosophy and techniques. Analysis of Apollo, Serenade, and Agon.

George Balanchine: A Life's Journey in Dance.  Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Theatre Collection, 2004. Checklist of an exhibition held Apr. 14-Aug. 27, 2004.

        

Geva, Tamara. Split Seconds: A Remembrance.  New York, Harper & Row, 1972. Describes Balanchine's life and early works in Russia, the tour of the Principal Dancers of the Russian State Ballet, work for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, arrival in America, first performance of the American Ballet (1935), and the musical comedy On Your Toes (1936).

Gold, Arthur and Fizdale, Robert. The Gold and Fizdale Cookbook.  New York: Random House, 1984. Chapter titled 'Cooking with Balanchine' includes his recipes.

        

Goldner, Nancy. Balanchine Variations. Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 2008. Brief, exceedingly pithy essays on sixteen Balanchine ballets and the 1972 Stravinsky Festival by a critic who has observed Balanchine over many years.

        

Goldner, Nancy. The Stravinsky Festival of the New York City Ballet.  New York: Eakins, 1973.

        

Goldner, Nancy and Kirstein, Lincoln. Coppélia: New York City Ballet.  New York: Eakins, 1974.

        

Goode, Gerald (ed.). The Book of Ballets: Classic and Modern.  New York: Crown, 1939. Includes descriptions of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, La Chatte, La Concurrence, Cotillon, and Les Dieux Mendiants.

        

Gosling, Nigel. Prowling the Pavements: Selected Art Writings, 1950-1980: In Memory.  Compiled and edited by Robert Tracy. Philadelphia: Winchell Co., 1986. Includes the essay 'George Balanchine' (1952).

Gottlieb, Robert. George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker.  New York: Harper Collins/Atlas Books, 2004. Brief biography for the non-specialist. Includes Balanchine's 'Mr. B Talks About Ballet,' originally published Life Magazine, June 11, 1965.

        

Green, Martin and Swan, John. The Triumph of Pierrot.  New York: Macmillan, 1986. Discusses Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and the New York City Ballet.

        

Greskovic, Robert. Ballet 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving the Ballet.  New York: Hyperion, 1998. Includes a chapter on Balanchine's Apollo.

Grigoriev, Serge Leonidovich. The Diaghilev Ballet 1909-1929.  Translated and edited by Vera Bowen. London: Constable, 1953. Reprinted, Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin, 1960; Brooklyn, New York: Dance Horizons, 1974. Includes information on Balanchine's association with the Ballet Russes, 1924-29.

        

Grigorovich, Yuri (ed.). Balet entsiklopediia (Ballet Encyclopedia).   Moscow: Sovetskaia entsiklopediia, 1981. Includes articles on Balanchine and a number of his associates.

        

Gruen, John. Erik Bruhn: Danseur Noble.  New York: Viking, 1979. Includes a chapter describing Bruhn's season with the New York City Ballet, 1959-60, and discusses his appearances with the company in 1963.

_____. The Private World of Ballet. New York: Viking, 1975. Includes an interview with Balanchine (1972), and interviews with a number of his associates and dancers of the New York City Ballet.

Guest, Ivor. Le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris: Trois siècles d'histoire et de tradition. Translated by Paul Alexandre.  Paris: Théâtre National de l'Opéra/Flammarion, 1976. Includes Balanchine's works choreographed and staged for the company.

Haddakin, Edward [A.V. Coton]. A Prejudice for Ballet. London: Methuen, 1938. Includes descriptions of Cotillon and Aubade, pp. 73-76, 121.

Haddakin, Edward [A. V. Coton]. Writings on Dance, 1938-68. Selected and edited by Kathrine Sorley Walker and Lilian Haddakin. London: Dance Books, 1975. Includes reviews of New York City Ballet performances.

        

Haggin, Bernard H. Ballet Chronicle.  New York: Horizon, 1970. Reviews from 1947 to 1970 include discussions of Balanchine's works for Ballet Theatre, Ballet Society, and the New York City Ballet.

        

Haggin, Bernard H. Discovering Balanchine.  New York: Horizon, 1981. Includes biographical material and accounts of personal encounters with Balanchine in a short text accompanied by many photographs.

Hall, Fernau. An Anatomy of Ballet.  London: A. Melrose, 1953/New York (titled World Dance): A. A. Wyn, 1954. Chapter titled 'Post-Expressionist Pseudo-Classicism' includes a section on Balanchine and a section on his companies from Les Ballets 1933 to the New York City Ballet. Briefly discusses Balanchine's work for Denham's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo (1944-46), pp. 416-417.

Hall, Fernau. Modern English Ballet: An Interpretation.  London: Andrew Melrose, 1950. Discusses Balanchine's work for Diaghilev and his choreographic style, pp. 59, 61-62.

        

Harris, Jill Werman (ed.). Remembrances and Celebrations: A Book of Eulogies, Elegies, Letters, and Epitaphs.   New York: Pantheon Books, 1999. Includes an essay on Balanchine by Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale.

Haskell, Arnold L. Balletomania: The Study of an Obsession.  London: Gollancz/New York: Simon & Schuster, 1934. Reprinted with additional material as Balletomania: Then and Now, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson/New York: Knopf, 1977. Chapter titled 'Four Choreographers' includes a section on Balanchine.

        

Haskell, Arnold. Diaghileff: His Artistic and Private Life.  In Collaboration with Walter Nouvel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1935. Reprinted by Da Capo, 1978. Discusses Balanchine's ballets for Diaghilev.

Hastings, Baird. Choreographer and Composer: Theatrical Dance and Music in Western Culture.  Boston: Twayne, 1983. Includes 'The Collaboration of George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky,' pp. 122-60.

Hodgins, Paul. Relationships Between Score and Choreography in Twentieth-Century Dance: Music, Movement, and Metaphor.  Lewiston, N.Y.: E. Mellen Press, 1992. Includes analyses of Apollon Musagète, Orpheus, and Agon.

Hogan, Ann, ed. Balanchine Then and Now. Paris, the University of Paris, 2008. Thirteen essays and interviews by scholars, dancers, and other theatrical figures, including Robert Wilson and Richard Alston, as well as those more closely associated with Balanchine. Beautifully printed illustrations.

Hooks, Margaret. Surreal Eden: Edward James and Las Pozas. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007. Discusses Edward James's funding of Balanchine's Les Ballets 1933 as a showcase for his wife, Tilly Losch, pp.25-26.

        

Howard, Ruth Eleanor. The Story of the American Ballet.  New York: Ihra, 1936. Discusses Balanchine's activities in founding the School of American Ballet and leading up to the formation of the American Ballet, with a history of the company until its association with the Metropolitan Opera. Provides lists and brief biographies of dancers; lists of repertory and opera ballets.

International Encyclopedia of Dance.  New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. 6 vols. Includes 'George Balanchine' by Arlene Croce; 'Lincoln Kirstein' by Nancy Reynolds; 'Jerome Robbins' by Doris Hering; 'New York City Ballet' by Robert Garis and Anita Finkel; and related articles.

Johnson, Wayne. Let's Go On: Pacific Northwest Ballet at 25.  Seattle: Documentary Book Publishers, 1997. Includes reminiscences of Balanchine by the company's artistic directors Francia Russell and Kent Stowell, former members of New York City Ballet.

        

Jordan, Stephanie. Moving Music: Dialogues with Music in Twentieth-Century Ballet.  London: Dance Books, 2000. Includes a chapter on Balanchine.

Jordan, Stephanie. Stravinsky Dances: Re-Visions across a Century. London, Dance Books, 2007. Includes extensive close musical analysis of Balanchine's choreography, with particular emphasis on Movements for Piano and Orchestra and Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'. Many musical examples. Chapters also on Frederick Ashton, Les Noces, and Le Sacre du Printemps.

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