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101 Stories of the Great Ballets: the Scene-by-scene Stories of the Most Popular Ballets, Old and New Paperback – May 20, 1975


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 541 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reissue edition (May 20, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385033982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385033985
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Authored by one of the ballet's most respected experts, this volume includes scene-by-scene retellings of the most popular classic and contemporary ballets, as performed by the world's leading dance companies. Certain to delight long-time fans as well as those just discovering the beauty and drama of ballet.

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Authored by one of the ballet's most respected experts, this volume includes scene-by-scene retellings of the most popular classic and contemporary ballets, as performed by the world's leading dance companies. Certain to delight long-time fans as well as those just discovering the beauty and drama of ballet.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By "sologub" on January 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book and now regret it. So many of the ballets decribed are minor pieces that are rarely performed any more, while many major classic ballets that are still performed and/or that are important in dance history are totally neglected (e.g. Le Corsaire, Raymonda, Paquita, Esmerelda). Other descriptions focus only on one part of the ballet rather than telling you the actual story. The entry on "La Bayadère," for instance, focuses almost entirely on Act IV, which is frustrating since this is a ballet with a complicated libretto that could really benefit from a complete summary. I'd recommend going to a library and photocopying the info on the ballets that interest you rather than purchasing this as a handy reference book to have at home. It's just not worth the money.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Mowers on November 15, 2000
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Balanchine had a unique ability to understand the ballet and to be able to explain it to others, even if they did not know anything about it. This book which he wrote with Francis Mason, is very handy for balletomane's to have on their shelves. It explains about different ballet's, both classical and contemporary, and describes their story line or plot and gives detailed comments about how the ballet is presented. Good for reference or for curious readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms L. on December 23, 2013
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This great book was given to me as a gift decades ago and I lost it in the moving process. I'm glad I can replenish my library with books from here!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elf on November 14, 2013
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This book has well defined segments to get to just the dance in question. It isn't too wordy and is clearly written.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2004
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This book is one of the best book I have obtained over the years. My brother uses it when he has to attend ballet with our family since he can never figure out what is goin on since there is no speaking. Balencine has a great understanding of the ballets and tells you the important parts and leaves out the "hoopla". I recamend it for anyone who attends the ballet as a person that apreciates the art or someone just forced to go.
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Major ballets are ignored in favor of numerous pseudo ballets that are rarely done and many that will probably never be done again, and--in any case--are essentially plotless.
Definitely not the book it pretends to be. Extremely disappointing and useless.
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By Laurel Herrera on June 5, 2014
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I ordered this book to keep at our ballet studio so my students could educated themselves on the wonderful stories of ballet.
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