Martha Graham's Musical Legacy

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

One of the pioneers of modern dance, the late American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham gave performances that were often described as forceful, passionate and ecstatic. She also collaborated with numerous composers.

You helped us celebrate Graham's birthday today by choosing one of the works with which she's closely associated and we played your choice, Copland's Appalachian Spring, at 12 noon.


Comments [34]

Joey Lorraine

Google's Tribute to Martha on her 117th Birthda inspired me. Check out the link!

May. 13 2011 08:32 PM

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May. 11 2011 12:07 PM

Kept getting "error on page" when I clicked: somebody in your IT dept. needs to look at that!

I tried to choose the Stravinsky, but the Copeland would be great as well: it is what comes to mind first in connection with her.

But PLEASE fix that web page! (Hope someone even reads these comments....)

May. 11 2011 11:59 AM
Ruth Campbell from Brooklyn, NY

Martha Graham was an innovator, and Stravinsky is fitting because he was quite the innovator too.

May. 11 2011 11:59 AM
George from New York City

My late mother-in-law was one of the original Martha Graham dancers; they called themselves the Graham Crackers. I believe she would have voted for Copeland's "Appalachian Spring."

May. 11 2011 11:57 AM
Anne KH from Basking Ridge, New Jersey

I vote for Applachian Spring

May. 11 2011 11:56 AM
Penny Payne from NYC

Working in the Fabric Library and having WQXR in the background is wonderful...The Copland is my association with Graham, especially since I learned Graham technique at Juilliard so many years ago under Pearl Lang...This music brings me right back to my dance roots.

May. 11 2011 11:55 AM

Nothing happens when I click on my choice. So, I must leave outcome to the other listeners. Yes, I am disappointed. Any one of the pieces will be fine, however.

May. 11 2011 11:52 AM
William Curtis

Your staff must be muddle-minded. First, Stravinsky did not write Rite of Spring for Martha Graham! Secondly, your station just aired the complete score of Appalation Spring live from Carnegie Hall last night, I believe, as part of a Spring Festival. The right choice would be Barber's Medea, which we haven't heard on your station for a while.

You say the Copeland and the Stravinsky "are running neck and neck." I will never forgive you if you play either of those without apologizing for your mistake both on air and on line!!

Better still, play the Barber as well as the apology.

May. 11 2011 11:52 AM
Marthe from Morristown

I love to hear the Rite of Spring, but I think that Martha Graham became a legacy because of the Copland. Please Strawinsky it is just the best piece for the world of dance.

May. 11 2011 11:51 AM
Katherine Hoover from New York

The original title of "Medea" was "Cave of the Heart", which I played in a chamber ensemble with her troupe on tour over and over again and never tired of it - Medea is a truly great work!

So are the others but I choose the Barber!

May. 11 2011 11:50 AM
LJLubin from Ft Lee, NJ

The Barber, please. We get to hear the Rite and Appalachian Spring so frequently! Barber;s music just isn't played enough, and Medea is one of his best scores.

May. 11 2011 11:49 AM
Norman from Rockville Centre

The Rite is the epitome of modern dance.

May. 11 2011 11:49 AM

Copland by all means

May. 11 2011 11:48 AM

Stravinsky. please.

May. 11 2011 11:46 AM

The Rite of Spring, to me, is the most creative. Voting for Stravinsky.

May. 11 2011 11:37 AM
Diane from NJ

Check out the Google bar for today!

May. 11 2011 11:36 AM
Nancy from Ramsey NJ

The Barber is my choice.

May. 11 2011 11:35 AM
Sean O'Donnell from White Plains

Difficult choices, my wife and I had split votes (Appalachian Spring).....but I'm logged on.

May. 11 2011 11:19 AM
Renate Boué from Montclair, NJ

Lets hear Stravinsky's Rite of Spring!
Dance into Spring with Martha!

May. 11 2011 11:18 AM

I too got an error, trying to vote for Appalachian Spring.

May. 11 2011 11:13 AM
Erik S Frampton from Englewood

If Copeland, the please use the original version for 13 instruments. It is delicate, textured, intimate, and rarely heard. This may passify the war horse weary listeners.

May. 11 2011 11:05 AM

Rats. The system says "an error has occurred" when I click on my choice. :(
But I'll be happy with any of the selections!

May. 11 2011 11:04 AM
Flute Lady from Manhattan

Let's hear the Barber, please. Appalachian Spring is, frankly, done to death!

May. 11 2011 10:59 AM
Justin from Sarasota, FL

Thank you Fred!! - Medea is amazing, and Copland is SOOOO overdone.

May. 11 2011 10:27 AM
christine from walden ny

after a long winter,it is truly a beautiful spring - and Copland is one of my favorites -

May. 11 2011 10:25 AM

Tough call! But Appalachian Spring was originally titled "Ballet for Martha," and since the piece is so associated with her, I vote for it....

May. 11 2011 10:20 AM
Diane from NJ

Definitely Aaron Copland

May. 11 2011 09:23 AM
Chris G from NYC

Two weeks ago, student conductor, Vladmimir Kulenovic led the Juilliard Orchestra in a spectacluar "Rite of Spring" at Alice Tully Hall. It was a brilliant and energetic performance and I have a new appreciation for this piece.

May. 11 2011 08:56 AM
LES from Washington DC

Aaron Copland, please, whose New York City origins enabled him, like Gershwin, to create the definitive American sound.

May. 11 2011 08:47 AM
Danielle Burchman from New Rochelle, NY

I love Copland - Appalachian Spring, please.

May. 11 2011 07:55 AM
Helmut Wilhart from Whippany, NJ

It took me a long time to get used to
The Rite of Spring, but now it is one
of my favorites.

May. 11 2011 07:40 AM

I choose Barber. Thanks.

May. 11 2011 07:39 AM
Fred from NYC

The Barber, please; we hear the Copland everyday.

May. 11 2011 07:33 AM

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