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My dearly beloved Wife!: Letters from France and Italy 1841

My dearly beloved Wife!: Letters from France and Italy 1841


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In 1841 the great Danish choreographer and

ballet-master, August Bournonville, made a

six-month European journey that took him to

France and – for the first time – to Italy. During

his travels he kept a weekly correspondence with

his wife, Helene, who had remained with their

six children in Copenhagen. In these thirty-nine

travel letters Bournonville describes in fine and

vivid details his many personal and cultural

encounters and theatre experiences abroad with

a spontaneity of expression that is conspicuously

absent from the majority of his other published

writings. Bournonville here literally brims with

vision, opinion and wit.

The 1841 travel letters are here gathered in book

form for the first time. They not only provide

a great deal of factual information from this

important European journey, but also reveal his

fine and sometimes even wild sense of humour,

which he clearly restrained or suppressed in his

later, published autobiographical writings.

Together these travel letters represent a fascinating

and unique insight into his true artist’s psyche,

his professional career abroad, and his personal

character as a man. They reveal in fine detail how

some of his most popular ballets were created and

directly inspired from the strong impressions of

art and nature that he had received during this,

the perhaps most fruitful of his many artistic


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ISBN-13: 9781852731069
Publisher: Dance Books
Publication date: 09/05/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

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