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The Ballad of John LatoucheAn American Lyricist's Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190458294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190458294.001.0001

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Ballet Ballads

Ballet Ballads

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The Ballad of John Latouche

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

One of Latouche’s most significant achievements, Ballet Ballads premiered off-Broadway in 1948, and then moved to Broadway. The work, at least in its entirety, consisted of four dance-operas, with librettos by Latouche and music by Jerome Moross, and choreography by three dancers, including Hanya Holm. The show’s only semistar was Sono Osato. One reviewer deemed it, in its fusion of the arts, “a crystallization of something in the making for almost a quarter of a century—a new art form American in creation.” Historians regard the work as a precursor of the so-called concept musical.

Keywords:   Ballet Ballads, Jerome Moross, Hanya Holm, Sono Osato, integrated musical, concept musical, dansical

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