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Preface by Lincoln Kirstein

Chronology: Life and Works
Roles Performed By Balanchine

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Updated from the 1983 Catalogue by Susan Au et al.

Szilard, Paul. Under My Wings: My Life as an Impresario.   By Paul Szilard, as told to Howard Kaplan. New York: Limelight Editions, 2002. In 'Part III: Mr. B and New York City Ballet,' Szilard discusses the tours he arranged for the company.

Tallchief, Maria. Maria Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina.  By Maria Tallchief with Larry Kaplan. New York: Henry Holt, 1997. Autobiography of a ballerina who was muse and wife to Balanchine.


Taper, Bemard. Balanchine: A Biography.  Revised and updated edition. New York: Times Books, 1984. New revised edition with new material, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996.

Taylor, Paul. Private Domain.  New York: Knopf, 1987. Description of the making of Episodes, pp. 88-95.


Teachout, Terry. All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine.  New York: Harcourt, 2004. Balanchine's biography written for the inexperienced dancegoer.

Terry, Walter. Ballet Guide.  New York: Dodd, Mead, 1976. Includes descriptions of many Balanchine ballets.


Terry, Walter. I Was There: Selected Dance Reviews and Articles, 1936-1976.  Compiled and edited by Andrew Mark Wentink. New York: Dekker, 1978. Includes reviews of Balanchine's works for Ballet Society, the New York City Ballet, the Original Ballet Russe (Balustrade), Ballet Theatre, and in musical comedy.

Tracy, Robert and Delano, Sharon. Balanchine's Ballerinas: Conversations with the Muses. New York: Linden Press, 1983. Interviews with nineteen ballerinas from Alexandra Danilova to Darci Kistler.

Tracy, Robert. Spaces of the Mind: Isamu Noguchi's Dance Designs.  New York: Limelight Editions, 2001. Includes Noguchi's designs for Balanchine's Orpheus.

Tributes: Celebrating Fifty Years of New York City Ballet.  Conceived and edited by Christopher Ramsey; preface by Peter Martins; foreword by Mikhail Baryshnikov. New York: William Morrow, 1998. Includes photographs, designs, poetry, and writing, as well as a chronology (1948-1998) and lists of repertory, dancers, music, and videography.

Twysden, Aileen Elizabeth. Alexandra Danilova.  London: Beaumont, 1945/New York: Kamin, 1947. Describes Balanchine and his ballets in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, on tour with the Principal Dancers of the Russian State Ballet, with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, and with the de Basil and Denham Ballet Russe companies. Provides an analysis of his choreography and Danilova's influence on it, pp. 86-87. Chapter titled 'Favourite Ballets' includes descriptions of Les Dieux Mendiants (The Gods Go A-Begging) and Le Baiser de la Fée.

Tyler, Parker. The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew: A Biography.  New York: Fleet, 1967. Includes discussions of Balanchine's L'Errante (1933 version), Magic, Orpheus, Balustrade, and Concierto de Mozart, pp. 353-68, 383-84, 385-87, 437, 442.

Vaill, Amanda. Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins. New York: Broadway Books, 2006. Analytical biography of Robbins's life and creative output, with many references to Balanchine.

Vaillat, Léandre. La Danse à l'Opéra de Paris.  Paris: Amiot-Dumont, 1951. Includes a discussion of Balanchine's work as guest ballet master at the Opéra in 1947 in chapters titled 'M. Balanchine à l'Opéra', 'Sérénade', 'Apollon Musagète', 'Le Baiser de la Fée,' and 'Le Palais de Cristal'.

Van Vechten, Carl. The Dance Photography of Carl Van Vechten.  Selected and with an introduction by Paul Padgette. New York: Schirmer Books, 1981. Photographs of Balanchine ballets and dancers,1933-61.


Villella, Edward. Prodigal Son: Dancing for Balanchine in a World of Pain and Magic.  By Edward Villella with Larry Kaplan. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. Autobiography of a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet.

Volkov, Solomon. Balanchine's Tchaikovsky: Interviews with George Balanchine.  Translated from the Russian by Antonia W. Bouis. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. A distillation of interviews given by Balanchine to musicologist Solomon Volkov on Tchaikovsky and his music. The interviews include reminiscences of Balanchine's early life and career in Russia. With many photographs. Paperback, titled Balanchine's Tchaikovsky: Conversations with Balanchine on his Life, Ballet, and Music. New York: Anchor Books, 1992.

Walczak, Barbara, and Kai, Una. Balanchine the Teacher: Fundamentals that Shaped the First Generation of New York City Ballet Dancers. Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 2008. Detailed description of technique classes taught by Balanchine, mostly in the 1950s, but also in the 1960s and 1970s, including specific combinations, the number of repetitions for each exercise, and the tempi at which Balanchine required movements to be performed.


Walker, Kathrine Sorley. De Basil's Ballets Russes.  London: Hutchinson, 1982; New York: Atheneum, 1983. Includes information on Balanchine's work for de Basil.

Ware, Walter. Ballet Is Magic: A Triple Monograph - Harriet Hoctor, Paul Haakon, Patricia Bowman. New York: Ihra, 1936. Includes a description of Balanchine's 'Night Flight' from the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies in the monograph on Hoctor, pp. 1-3.


Wentink, Andrew Mark. The Steadfast Tin Soldier: The Story of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet Production, Told in Photographs by Steven Caras.  Brooklyn, New York: Dance Horizons, 1981.

White, Eric Walter. Stravinsky: The Composer and His Works.  Second edition. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1979. Includes discussions of Balanchine's choreography to Stravinsky scores.


Williamson, Audrey. Ballets of Three Decades.  London: Rockcliff/New York: Macmillan, 1958. Includes comments on Balanchine works for the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas (La Sonnambula), New York City Ballet, and Sadler's Wells Ballet (Ballet Imperial), pp. 113, 116-20, 170-71.

Williamson, Audrey. Ballet Renaissance.  London: Golden Gallery/New York: Transatlantic Arts, 1948. Includes comments on Balanchine's works for Ballet Theatre (Waltz Academy, Apollo), p. 81.


Zorina, Vera. Zorina.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1986. Autobiography of a dancer who was muse and wife to Balanchine, with descriptions of his work on Broadway and in Hollywood.

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