Research Catalog

Interview with Peter Martins

Title
Interview with Peter Martins, 1978
Author
Martins, Peter, 1946-
Publication
1978

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Details

Additional Authors
Gruen, John
Description
Two streaming audio files (approximately one hour and 17 minutes): digital
Donor/Sponsor
Oral History Archive. Gift of John Gruen.
Subjects
Genre/Form
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Note
  • Interview with Peter Martins conducted by John Gruen on January 16, 1978, in New York City, as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (Viking Press, New York, 1979).
  • Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise and short gaps.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
  • For edited transcript of interview see: *MGZMT 3-778.
Access (note)
  • Patrons may access streaming audio only on site at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Funding (note)
  • The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Source (note)
  • John Gruen
Call Number
*MGZTCO 3-778
OCLC
82341781
Author
Martins, Peter, 1946- interviewee.
Title
Interview with Peter Martins, 1978
Production
1978
Type of Content
spoken word
Type of Medium
audio
Type of Carrier
online resource
Restricted Access
Patrons may access streaming audio only on site at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Event
Recorded by John Gruen 1978, January 16 New York (N.Y.)
Summary
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). John Gruen and Peter Martins speak about Erik Bruhn including Bruhn's hospitality to Gruen while he was in Denmark; Martins speaks about Bruhn's influence on the younger generation of dancers, including as compared with that of Rudolf Nureyev; Bruhn's perfectionism; how Martins and his fellow dancers at the Royal Danish Ballet viewed Bruhn when he came to Denmark; Martins' debut at the Royal Danish Ballet, in Frank Schaufuss' work Garden party, with Erik Bruhn; his own relationship at that time with Bruhn including Bruhn's advice regarding Martins' leaving the Royal Danish Ballet; Bruhn's coaching him in Balanchine's ballet Divertimento no. 15; his friendship with Bruhn including his assessment of Bruhn's character; Nureyev, including how he was first viewed by Martins and his peers; how Bruhn and Nureyev behaved in class together [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 31 minutes). Peter Martins continues to speak about Erik Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev; his feelings about Bruhn as a person and as an artist; his influence on Martins; Peter Schaufuss; how Martins feels when he is dancing including as compared with Bruhn and Nureyev; Bruhn in character roles including an anecdote about a performance of La sylphide in which Nureyev danced James and Bruhn played Madge; Bruhn's contribution to ballet.
Funding
The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Original Version
Original format: one sound cassette (approximately one hour and 17 minutes); quarter-track; 1.875 ips; transferred to wav file and streaming file format in 2015: myd_mgztco3778_v01f01_sc and myd_mgztco3778_v01f02_sc.
Local Note
Former class mark: *MGZTC 3-778
Source
Gift John Gruen
Connect to:
Added Author
Gruen, John, interviewer.
Added Title
Oral History Archive. Gift of John Gruen.
Research Call Number
*MGZTCO 3-778
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