Ralph Taylor speaks about Louis Horst, May 20, 1989

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Title
Ralph Taylor speaks about Louis Horst, May 20, 1989
Names
Taylor, Ralph, 1904- (Interviewee)
Soares, Janet Mansfield (Interviewer)
Collection

General Audio Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1989-05-20
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-3061
Topics
Graham, Martha
Taylor, Ralph, 1904-
Horst, Louis
Hawkins, Erik
Audiotapes -- Taylor, R
Genres
Interviews
Notes
Content: Ralph Taylor speaks about Louis Horst with Janet Mansfield Soares on May 20, 1989, in his apartment in New York City. The interview was conducted as research for Soares' book, Louis Horst: Musician in a dancer's world, 1992. At least two other people are sometimes present and occasionally contribute to the conversation. At times, it sounds as if books and photographs are being consulted and commented on.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Janet Mansfield Soares 1989, May 20 New York (N.Y.)
Funding: The cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Acquisition: Gift; Janet Mansfield Soares, 2010.
Physical Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 36 min.) : 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is fair to poor. The recording is marred by fluctuating sound levels and extraneous noise including static and "tape hiss" as well as occasional short gaps. At times, the speakers' voices are unintelligible, especially in the first seven minutes of streaming file 1 and last two minutes of streaming file 2.
Description
Streaming file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Ralph Taylor speaks with Janet Mansfield Soares about Louis Horst: topics include an anecdote about Martha Graham and Horst's dog, Max; others who knew Horst at the time; Horst's death including his testamentary arrangements; Nina [Fonaroff]; the disposition of his property and of his ashes; various reminiscences of Horst including his romantic relationships with his students and his ability to bring out a dancer's best qualities; the ending of Horst's and Graham's romantic relationship; Horst's disapproval of Graham's marriage to Erik Hawkins; Taylor's impressions of Hawkins; an anecdote about Graham and Horst's reputed promiscuity; and the Dance Observer [ends abruptly]. Streaming file 2, (approximately 48 minutes). Ralph Taylor continues to speak with Janet Mansfield Soares about the Dance Observer and Louis Horst: topics include modern dance and communist ideology; Horst's antipathy to communism; Martha Graham as apolitical; Horst's writings on pre-classic forms; Horst's classes; Taylor's belief that Graham modeled her speaking style on that of Ruth St. Denis; Taylor's idolization of Graham; Harald Kreutzberg; Graham and dance in Germany at the time; Horst's contributions to Graham technique; learning about music from Horst; what Taylor describes as the commodification of Graham; an anecdote about Horst, Arnold Schoenberg, and Graham; Horst as a concert pianist [the final approximate 1:50 of recording is almost completely unintelligible].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 892969647
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20314741
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 133a1840-b7cd-0133-0f65-3c07547a230f
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ralph Taylor speaks about Louis Horst" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1989. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/15973d40-b7cd-0133-6169-3c07547a230f

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ralph Taylor speaks about Louis Horst" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 28, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/15973d40-b7cd-0133-6169-3c07547a230f

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1989). Ralph Taylor speaks about Louis Horst Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/15973d40-b7cd-0133-6169-3c07547a230f

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Ralph Taylor speaks about Louis Horst