Ballet for Martha

  • Type: Books
  • By: Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: General Fiction
  • Recommended by: Sheryl M.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781596433380
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It’s a gift to be simple; it’s a gift to be free…

This traditional shaker hymn provided inspiration for Appalachian Spring, a twenty minute dance about an American pioneer wedding.  
I enjoyed Brian Floca's watercolor illustrations depicting creative people working together in Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, which tells the story behind the creation of Appalachian Spring, describing Aaron Copland's composition, Martha Graham's intense choreography and Isamu Noguchi's set design.  It also inspired me listen to Copland's music and try some of the dance movements myself.