Interview with Margot Fonteyn, June 21, 1976

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Interview with Margot Fonteyn, June 21, 1976
Additional title: Sound of dance (Radio program)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1976-06-21
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-656
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991
Australian Ballet
Merry widow (Choreographic work : Helpmann and Hynd)
Radio programs
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Broadcast by WNCN-FM 1976, June 21 New York (N.Y.)
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.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 4 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is good.
Interview with Margot Fonteyn conducted by John Gruen, as host on radio station WNCN-FM, New York on its series The sound of dance, for broadcast on June 21, 1976. The interview was conducted in Washington, D.C. The radio program is contained in the approximate first 26 minutes of the recording; the remainder of the recording is ambient noise. Streaming file (approximately 26 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Margot Fonteyn speaks with John Gruen about performing; Gruen describes Fonteyn's appearance as she applies her make-up for her role in The merry widow; Fonteyn speaks about the impossibility of advising young people with regard to careers in dance; her thoughts on NInette de Valois; John Meehan; her thoughts on retiring. [Interview with Fonteyn ends at approximately 16:00; Gruen speaks about the production of The merry widow, which is being performed by the Australian Ballet, with Margot Fonteyn in the title role; makes a semi-commercial announcement about the upcoming season at the Jacob's Pillow dance festival, in particular the program of works by Auguste Bournonville to be performed by dancers from the Danish Royal Ballet; a recording of an excerpt of music, by Franz Lehár (arranged by John Lanchberry), from The merry widow is played followed by Gruen's closing remarks, more music and, closing remarks by Oscar Buhler]. The remaining approximate 38 minutes of the recording is ambient noise.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 889888615
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20288404
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): eb87dd30-b7b6-0133-1589-3c07547a230f
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  • 1919: Creator Born
  • 1976: Issued
  • 1991: Creator Died
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Margot Fonteyn" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976-06-21.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Margot Fonteyn" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 25, 2023.

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Interview with Margot Fonteyn