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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Interesting to consider that 1957 produced both Stravinsky's twelve tone "Agon" and Bernstein's "Cool" dance music, which is a twelve tone, jazz-influenced fugue.

    By the way, I am not completely enamored of WSS. The music and choreography remain unsurpassed for Broadway, but Laurents' book and even some of Sondheim's lyrics are weak. Thus (IMO) it is the balletic aspects of WSS that make it a masterpiece.

    And I hear they stole the plot.
    Sit down with the score on your lap some time. Just F-in' brilliant.

    Sondheim's lyrics . . . even he didn't like the lyrics to I FEEL PRETTY.

    As for stealing the plot . . . almost every ballet composed has "stolen" their plot.

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    Not Agon. . . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Not Agon. . . . . .
    I really like Agon a lot. Is it my favorite Stravinsky ballet? Nope, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fine work in its own right. I think many listeners were turned off when Stravinsky started writing 12-tone music, but the way he treated it was completely different and unique to him.
    Last edited by Neo Romanza; Jun-12-2020 at 03:15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo Romanza View Post
    I really like Agon a lot. Is it my favorite Stravinsky ballet? Nope, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fine work in its own right. I think many listeners were turned off when Stravinsky started writing 12-tone music, but the way he treated it was completely different and unique to him.
    Just to be clear, I also like Agon. I was stating facetiously that its plot was not stolen.

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