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Interview with Martha Graham

Title
Interview with Martha Graham, 1980
Author
Graham, Martha
Publication
1980

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Details

Additional Authors
Sherman, Robert, 1932-
Description
2 streaming audio files (approximately 32 minutes): digital
Summary
  • Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 16 minutes). [Music and brief remarks; the interview with Martha Graham begins abruptly at 4:10.] Martha Graham speaks about why she initially called her first company and her first school a "group" and a "studio," respectively; her insistence on looking at the reality of things; her work, Frescoes [excerpt of Leontyne Price singing an aria from Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra followed by a short announcement]; Graham speaks about what she requires of a dancer including her preference for training in ballet [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
  • Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 16 minutes). Martha Graham continues to speak about what she requires of a dancer; her work Episodes [excerpt from Anton von Webern's Passacaglia]; what she would do if she had unlimited funds; her view of her movements as a woman's movements; her sometimes devious nature; her thoughts on choreographing to composers such as Schubert, Chopin, and Mozart [excerpt from [Scott Joplin's] The Maple Leaf Rag]; the savagery in her works including an anecdote about imitating a lion's walk at the zoo [music].
Uniform Title
Listening room (Radio program)
Subjects
Genre/Form
Radio interviews.
Note
  • Interview with Martha Graham conducted by an unidentified male interviewer, probably Robert Sherman, for broadcast on an WQXR-FM, New York (N.Y.), probably for the program The Listening Room.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
  • Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise and "tape hiss". However, the interviewee's voice is clear and easily intelligible.
Access (note)
  • Patrons may access streaming audio only on site at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
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.
OCLC
  • 936378684
  • 936378684
Author
Graham, Martha, interviewee.
Title
Interview with Martha Graham, 1980
Production
1980
Type of Content
spoken word
Type of Medium
audio
Type of Carrier
online resource
Digital File Characteristics
audio file
Restricted Access
Patrons may access streaming audio only on site at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Event
Recorded for broadcast on WQXR -FM 1980, April New York (N.Y.)
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 (32 minutes); quarter-track; 1.875 ips.; transferred to wav file and streaming file (myd_mgztco33320_v01f01_sc and myd_mgztco33320_v01f02_sc) in 2015.
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Added Author
Sherman, Robert, 1932- host.
Added Title
Listening room (Radio program)
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