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April 23, 2022


Not too long ago, I heard the Stravinsky Violin Concerto as played by the fantastic violinist, Hilary Hahn. Her performance was tremendous, but I could NOT hear the music, from the very first notes, without seeing Balanchine's glorious choreography and dancers in my head, such was the transforming power of the dance.

Thank you for this article. I am sure to get an argument, but in my humble opinion, Balanchine was the greatest creative force of the 20th century. (I don't know who would come in second.)

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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