Martha Graham collection, 1896-2003 (bulk 1926-1991).

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Graham, Martha. Martha Graham collection, 1896-2003 (bulk 1926-1991).

Martha Graham collection, 1896-2003 (bulk 1926-1991).

The Martha Graham Collection is comprised of materials that document Graham's career and trace the history of the development of her company, Martha Graham Dance Company, which became the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, and school, Martha Graham School, later to be called the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. The materials include holograph scores, orchestral parts, and piano rehearsal scores by composers such as Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Alan Hovhaness, Louis Horst, Halim Ed-Dabh, Eugene Lester, Norman Dello Joio, Paul Hindemith, Gian Carlo Menotti, Robert Starer, William Schuman and Wallingford Riegger; scrapbooks and clippings; photographs of Graham, her family and her dances, including informal shots by former Graham board chair Arnold Weissberger; choreographic notebooks containing ideas, sketches and steps sequences; correspondence; articles, speeches and interviews by and about Graham; programs; and Graham's awards, honorary degrees and artwork. In addition, the collection contains material relating to fundraising, such as sponsor and donor lists and grant proposals, and flyers and posters for special events, galas and benefits. In addition to business papers relating to Graham's dance company and school, there are company cast lists, budgets, touring itineraries; lighting, set, and costume designs by Jean Rosenthal, Rouben Ter-Arutunian, Isamu Noguchi, Donna Karan, Beverly Emmons, Jennifer Tipton, and Thomas Skelton; and notes, budgets and itineraries relating to special projects.

350,100 items (398 boxes, 590 linear feet)

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Schuman, William

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An American composer and educator, William Schuman was instructor at Sarah Lawrence College (1935-45), president of the Juilliard School of Music (1945-1962), director of publications for G. Schirmer (1945-1952), and president of Lincoln Center (1962-1968). In the 1970's he was chairman of the Norlin Foundation and of the MacDowell Colony. He was a founding director of the Charles Ives Society and a member of the board of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Naumburg and K...

Weissberger, L. Arnold, 1907-1981

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L. Arnold Weissberger (1907-1981) was an American theatrical lawyer who represented many prominent artists and theatrical personalities. He was agent and attorney for both Alicia Markova and Alexandra Danilova. ...

Ter-Arutunian, Rouben, 1920-

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Rouben Ter-Arutunian, set and costume designer. His entire career was in the United States. From the description of Three costume designs for the New York City Opera, 1952. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122465518 From the guide to the Three costume designs for the New York City Opera, 1952, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.) Rouben Ter-Arutunian, set and costume designer whose entire career was in the United States. ...

Riegger, Wallingford

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Composed for piano 4-hands, 1932. Transcribed 1938.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of Dance suite : I Evocation / Wallingford Riegger. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53784085 Commissioned by the Alice M. Ditson Fund. Composed 1947. First performance New York, 16 May 1948, CBS Symphony, Dean Dixon conductor. Received the New York Music Critics' Circle Award for the 1947-48 season and the Walter W. Naumburg Recording Award.--Cf. F...

Emmons, Beverly

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Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988

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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was a sculptor from Long Island City, N.Y. From the description of Oral history interview with Isamu Noguchi, 1968 Apr. 22 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78996711 From the description of Oral history interview with Isamu Noguchi, 1973 Nov. 7-1973 Dec. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83401964 From the description of Oral history interview with Isamu Noguchi, 1973 Nov. 7-Dec. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 779477625 ...

Lester, Eugene

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Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981

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American composer. From the description of [Sonata, piano. Draft] : autograph manuscript, 1948. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270561604 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [n.p.], to Mr. [Seymour] Peck, 1966 Aug. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270671896 From the description of Typewritten letter signed, with two autograph postscripts, dated : Mount Kisco, N.Y., 27 April 1957, to Niccolò [i.e. Nikolay Malko], 1957 Apr. 27. (Unknown). WorldC...

Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance

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Graham (Martha) Collection (Library of Congress)

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Hovhaness, Alan, 1911–2000

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American composer of Armenian-Scottish descent. From the description of Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Sept. 13, 1980 [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155862291 From the description of Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, [Apr. 8, 1977] [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155861703 Composer. From the description of Alan Hovhaness autograph letter to Serafina, 196...

Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963

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Composed 1940. First performance Minneapolis, 21 November 1941, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of Symphonie in Es (1940) / Paul Hindemith. c1940. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 50172725 Composer. From the description of Paul Hindemith autograph card to Jay S. Harrison, 1959 Apr. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 489450513 German composer, theorist, tea...

Martha Graham Dance Company

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The Martha Graham Dance Company has remained a leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding in 1926. Its first headquarters consisted of a small dance studio on Broadway. The center later moved to a two story building at 316 East 63rd Street, New York. The Company has performed in over 50 countries, as well as giving lectures and performances throughout the United States. The Martha Graham Dance Company has nurtured many of the leading choreographers and dancer...

El-Dabh, Halim, 1921-....

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Karan, Donna, 1948-....

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Skelton, Thomas R.

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One of America's most distinguished lighting designers, Thomas Skelton (1928-1994), enjoyed a long career in which he created the lighting for many important Broadway productions, as well as landmark dance works. Born Thomas Reginald Skelton, Jr. in Maine, he developed an interest in modern dance while a student in the Theater Department at Middlebury College, Vermont. Upon graduating, he moved to New York City where he continued to pursue his interest in theater and mod...

Dello Joio, Norman

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Composed 1949. First performance La Jolla, California, 21 August 1949, Musical Arts Society, Nicolai Sokoloff conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of New York profiles : a suite for orchestra / Norman Dello Joio. 1949. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 45207262 Composed 1945. First performance Pittsburgh, 4 January 1946, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description ...

Tipton, Jennifer

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Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance

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Menotti, Gian Carlo, 1911-2007

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Composer. From the description of Papers, 1982-1989. (Ohio State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 21072004 Orlando Cole, American, cellist of the Curtis String Quartet, and educator (cello faculty, The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.), was a classmate of Menotti's and Barber's at the Curtis Institute. From the description of [Letter, 1936, summer, St. Wolfgang, Austria, to] Landy [Orlando Cole, Rockport, Me.] / Gian-Carlo ; Sam [Samuel Barb...

Rosenthal, Jean, 1912-1969

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Graham, Martha, 1894-1991

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American modern dancer and choreographer. From the description of Letters from Martha Graham to David Zellmer, 1942-1945. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122535299 From the guide to the Letters from Martha Graham to David Zellmer, 1942-1945, (The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.) American modern dance pioneer in performance, choreography, and technique. From the description of Letters, 1942-1983, to Agnes de Mille, A...

Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990

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Aaron Copland (1900-1990) was an American composer. During the years 1964 and 1965 Copland wrote, conducted, narrated, and hosted a series of twelve television programs entitled Music in the 20s = Music in the Twenties. The transcripts described in this collection were transcribed from filmed interviews recorded live at the WGBH studios in Boston, Mass. between 1964 Nov. 11 and 1965 Jan. 26. These unedited, preliminary tape recordings later formed the basis of the series...

Horst, Louis

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Starer, Robert

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Composed 1945. First performance Tel Aviv, 11 March 1947, Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Singer conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of Fantasy for strings with solo trio / Robert Starer. 1945. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54983174 Composed 1954. First performance New York, 27 October 1956, New York Philharmonic, Dimitri Mitropoulos conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of Prelude and ron...