Mark Morris' L'allegro, il Pensoroso, ed il Moderato: A Celebration

Mark Morris' L'allegro, il Pensoroso, ed il Moderato: A Celebration

by Jeffrey Escoffier, Wendy Lesser, Joan R. Acocella, Matthew Lore
     
 

Mark Morris' 1988 dance, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, set to music by Handel and poems by John Milton, and inspired by watercolors by William Blake, has been called a work of "utopian grandeur," "a masterpiece of craft, invention, and feeling," "in scale and complexity, in a category by itself." More than 150 photographs capture each of the piece's 32

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Mark Morris' 1988 dance, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, set to music by Handel and poems by John Milton, and inspired by watercolors by William Blake, has been called a work of "utopian grandeur," "a masterpiece of craft, invention, and feeling," "in scale and complexity, in a category by itself." More than 150 photographs capture each of the piece's 32 interconnected dances and are accompanied by the text of Milton's interwoven poems, "L'Allegro" and "Il Penseroso," to which Handel set the music. Appreciative essays are by New Yorker critic and Morris biographer Joan Acocella, British critic Alastair Macaulay, and Threepenny Review editor Wendy Lesser. "Possibly the most exhaustive examination of a single dance work ever published."—New York Times "An extraordinarily handsome new book ... A thorough and valuable critique and appreciation of this glorious dance work."—The New York Observer "A beautiful coffee-table book.... Elegantly photographed, edited, and produced. A treasured gift for a Morris fan."—Dance Magazine

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Editorial Reviews

Steven Watson
Possibly the most exhaustive examination of a single dance work ever published.
New York Times
Robert Gottlieb
An extraordinarily handsome new book… It's a thorough and valuable critique and appreciation of this glorious dance work…
New York Observer
Francis Mason
A guide that makes you want to see the dance over and over.
World of Dance
Out Magazine
A beautiful new photo book. . . includes essays by Joan Acocella, Alastair Macaulay, and Wendy Lesser that place this work in its historical and aesthetic contexts. Pictures from rehearsals and performances . . . document each of the piece's 32 movements.
Time Out New York
A stunner.
Christine Temin
An entire book devoted to a single choreographic work is almost unheard of. There are children's books explaining The Nutcracker. On a more scholarly level, there is the 1985 Balanchine's 'Mozartiana' by Robert Maiorano and Valerie Brooks, a rare example of a thorough analysis of one ballet. It's hard to think of many more. Mozartiana is a masterpiece. So is Mark Morris' L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, which is now, happily, the subject of a visually sumptuous and lucidly written examination. Even in their stillness, the images-by 17 photographers, including such well-known names as Martha Swope and Tom Brazil-convey a vivid sense of this full-evening production that premiered in Brussels in 1988. The three substantial essays-by Morris biographer Joan Acocella, author/editor Wendy Lesser, and British critic Alastair Macaulay-do the same. In a section called "The Making of L'Allegro," five dancers who were present at the creation, plus rehearsal pianist Linda Dowdell and Morris himself, weigh in on the creative process.
Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569245804
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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