How are the Balanchine futures holding up?
Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:53 PM
Posted 08 April 2003 - 04:32 PM
I'm still a long term investor in Shelley...and I think Balanchine is one too hold, as well.
Posted 08 April 2003 - 05:18 PM
This does happen in the arts. Both Vivaldi and Handel were "greater" than Bach for a long time, now one would have to be careful saying that in a drawing room
When I was in college, I was taught that there were three great American novelists: Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Faulkner. Fitzgerald had been Number One (on style points) but was losing ground to Faulkner ('cause he was Deep). 20 years later, when I was first teaching, I asked a student who was the frontrunner that year. Shocked that I would ask, she said, "Melville, of course."
I wonder who it is today? Twain?
Posted 09 April 2003 - 02:21 PM
To the topic: Balanchine's a keeper.
Posted 09 April 2003 - 02:38 PM
What happened to Washington Irving? If the author of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow isn't an American author, I will eat my tri-cornered hat.
And James Fenimore Cooper, of The Last of the Mohicans and The Deerslayer?
Not to mention Benjamin Franklin, Julia Ward Howe, Emily Dickinson (who makes it in under the wire), Orestes Brownson or a lot of others I could mention but won't.
Mark Twain remains my favorite U. S. author--I re-read "Life on the Mississippi" every four years or so. Twain and Franklin were among the first "serious" books I read as a young boy, so they have a personal importance as well.
Posted 09 April 2003 - 05:32 PM
Posted 09 April 2003 - 05:54 PM
Posted 09 April 2003 - 09:15 PM
But would someone explain to me, please, the roller coaster returns on Bournonville? :confused: :confused: :confused:
Posted 09 April 2003 - 09:22 PM
Posted 09 April 2003 - 09:28 PM
Posted 09 April 2003 - 09:42 PM
Among authors, I still prefer Edith Wharton to Henry James. Her stock is slowly rising, I believe, as one tends not to mysteriously wake up with her book on one's face, as sometimes happens with James.
And how about the other other Mr. B (Béjart)? I fear his stock is not quite as high as the first two, except perhaps in Europe.
Posted 09 April 2003 - 09:47 PM
I'd diversify, at least a little. When you consider that even Mozart and Shakespeare have had their out-of-favor periods, Mel's investment advisor may be on to something.
Posted 09 April 2003 - 09:55 PM
Posted 09 April 2003 - 10:44 PM
Wordsworth said he wanted to write something "the world would not willingly let die" -- it's a good way to put it. What's kept Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, et al alive (as Charles Rosen has said) is the artists who wanted to play that music; similarly with Shakespeare, the actors and directors want to DO that. Likewise with choreography -- dancers want to do Balanchine, it's fascinating to them as movement and as a panoply of effects.... It was fascinating to see Jewels last week here, to see hte situations where it looked like the dancers had just tied themselves into some unslippable knot from which they'd never be able to escape and then, with a simple half-turn, walked right out of it.... not just in Rubies, where it was part of hte atmosphere of challenge, but very much so in DIamonds, and even in the "somnambulist" pas de deux in emeralds.....
Posted 10 April 2003 - 11:13 AM
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