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                                       Treasures from the Cia Fornaroli Collection


(English language)

Compiled by Lynn Garafola

Bailey, Sally, ed.  "Letters from the Maestro:  Enrico Cecchetti to Gisella Caccialanza."  Trans. Giselle Caccialanza.  Dance Perspectives, 45 (Spring 1971).

Barker, Barbara.  Ballet or Ballyhoo:  The American Careers of Maria Bonfanti, Rita Sangalli and Giuseppina Morlacchi.  New York:  Dance Horizons, 1984.

Beaumont, Cyril W., and Stanislas Idzikowski.  A Manual of the Theory and Practice of Classical Theatrical Dancing (Méthode Cecchetti).  Pref. by Enrico Cecchetti.  London:  C. W. Beaumont, 1922.

Binney, Edwin.  "Sixty Years of Italian Ballet Prints, 1815-1875."  Dance Perspectives, 53 (Spring 1973).

Blasis, Carlo.  The Code of Terpsichore:  A Practical and Historical Treatise on the Ballet, Dancing, and Pantomime; with a Complete Theory of the Art of Dancing.  Trans. R. Barton.  London, 1828; rpt. New York:  Dance Horizons, [1976].

Brainard, Ingrid.  The Art of Courtly Dancing in the Early Renaissance, 1st ed.  West Newton, MA:  I. G. Brainard, ca. 1981.

Brillarelli, Livia.  Cecchetti:  A Ballet Dynasty.  Toronto:  Dance Collection Danse Educational Publications, 1995.

Carones, Laura.  "Noverre and Angiolini:  Polemical Letters."  Dance Research, 5, No. 1 (Spring 1987), pp. 42-54.

Caroso, Fabritio.  Courtly Dance of the Renaissance:  A New Translation and Edition of the Nobiltŕ di Dame (1600).  Trans. and ed. Julia Sutton.  Music transcribed and ed. F. Marian Walker.  With Manual of Dance Step-Types in Labanotation by Julia Sutton and Rachelle Palnick Tsachor.  New York:  Dover, 1995.

Cavalletti, Lavinia.  "Salvatore Taglioni, King of Naples."  Trans. Susan I. Schiedel.  In Rethinking the Sylph:  New Perspectives on the Romantic Ballet.  Ed. Lynn Garafola.  Hanover:  Wesleyan University Press/University Press of New England, 1997, pp. 181-196.

Celi, Claudia.  "The Arrival of the Great Wonder of Ballet, or Ballet in Rome from 1845 to 1855."  Trans. Michael Griffitts.  In Rethinking the Sylph:  New Perspectives on the Romantic Ballet.  Ed. Lynn Garafola.  Hanover:  Wesleyan University Press/University Press of New England, 1997, pp. 165-180.

Celli, Vincenzo.  "Enrico Cecchetti."  Dance Index, 5, No. 7 (July 1946), pp. 160-179.

Cohen, Selma Jeanne.  "Freme di Gelosia!  Italian Ballet Librettos, 1766-1865."  Bulletin of the New York Public Library, 67, No. 9 (Nov. 1963), pp. 555-564.

Compasso, Lutio.  "Ballo della gagliarda:  Faksimile der Ausgabe von 1560."  Introd. Barbara Sparti.  Freiburg:  Musik und Tanzedition, 1995.  Fascimile of the original edition published in Florence in 1560.

Cornazzano, Antonio.  The Book on the Art of Dancing.  Trans. Madeleine Inglehearn and Peggy Forsythe.  Introd. and notes Madeleine Inglehearn.  London:  Dance Books, 1981.  Translation of Cornazzano's Libro dell'arte del danzare.

Eames, Marian, ed.  When All the World Was Dancing:  Rare and Curious Books from the Cia Fornaroli Collection.  New York:  The New York Public Library, 1957.

Edgecombe, Rodney Stenning.  "Cesare Pugni, Marius Petipa and 19th-Century Ballet Music."  The Musical Times, Summer 2006, pp. 41-50.

Fifteenth-Century Dance and Music:  Twelve Transcribed Italian Treatises and Collections in the Tradition of Domenico da Piacenza.  Trans. and annotated A. William Smith.  Stuyvesant, NY:  Pendragon Press, c.1995.

Francalanci, Andrea, introd.  "Copia di M. Giorgio del Giudeo di ballare basse danze e balletti, as Found in the New York Public Library."  In Basler Jahrbuch für historische Musikpraxis, 14 (1990), pp. 87-179.  Facsimile and transcription into modern Italian of Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro's Trattato dell'arte del ballo.

Franko, Mark.  The Dancing Body in Renaissance Choreography (c. 1416-1589).  Birmingham:  Summa Publications, [1986].

Guest, Ivor.  Ballet in Leicester Square:  The Alhambra and the Empire 1860-1915.  London:  Dance Books, 1992.

--------.  The Ballet of the Second Empire.  Middletown:  Wesleyan University Press, 1974.

--------.  The Divine Virginia:  A Biography of Virginia Zucchi.  New York/Basel:  Marcel Dekker, 1977.

--------.  The Life of a Romantic Ballerina:  Fanny Cerrito.  Rev. ed.  London:  Dance Books, 1974.

--------.  The Romantic Ballet in England:  Its Development, Fulfilment and Decline.  London:  Phoenix House, 1954. 

Guglielmo Ebreo of Pesaro:  De practica seu arte tripudii/On the Practice or Art of Dancing.  Ed., trans., and introd. by Barbara Sparti.  Additional translation by Michael Sullivan.  Oxford:  Clarendon Press, 1993.

Hansell, Kathleen Kuzmick.  "Theatrical Ballet and Italian Opera."  In Opera on Stage.  Ed. Lorenzo Bianconi and Giorgio Pestelli.  Volume 5 of The History of Italian Opera.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2002, pp. 177-308.

Harris-Warrick, Rebecca, and Bruce Alan Brown.  The Grotesque Dancer on the Eighteenth-Century Stage:  Gennaro Magri and His World.  Madison:  University of Wisconsin Press, 2005.

Jürgensen, Knud Arne.  The Verdi Ballets.  Parma:  Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani, 1995.

Lambranzi, Gregorio.  New and Curious School of Theatrical Dancing.  Trans. Friderica Derra de Moroda.  Ed. Cyril W. Beaumont.  New York:  Dance Horizons, 1966.  Translation of Nuova e curiosa scuola de' balli theatrali, published in Nuremberg in 1716.

Limarzi, Tullia.  "She Trills with Her Toes:  The Metropolitan Opera Ballet Career of Rosina Galli."  Society of Dance History Scholars Proceedings, 1986, pp. 80-90.

Magri, Gennaro.  Theoretical and Practical Treatise on Dancing.  Trans. Mary Skeaping, with Anna Ivanova and Irmgard E. Berry.  Ed. Irmgard E. Berry and Annalisa Fox.  London:  Dance Books, 1988.  Translation of Trattato teorico-prattico di ballo, published in Naples in 1779.

McGinnis, Katherine Tucker.  "At Home in the 'Casa del Trombone':  A Social-Historical View of Milanese Dancing Masters."  Society of Dance History Scholars Proceedings, 1997, pp. 203-216.

--------.  "Milan and the Development and Dissemination of Il ballo nobile:  Lombardy as the Terpsichorean Treasury for Early Modern European Courts."  Quidditas, 20 (1999), pp. 155-171.

--------.  "Moving in High Circles:  Courts, Dance, and Dancing Masters in Italy in the Long Sixteenth Century."  Ph.D. diss.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001.

Moore, Lillian.  Artists of the Dance.  New York:  Thomas Y. Crowell, 1938.

--------.  "A Dancer's Odyssey."  The American Dancer, Mar. 1942, 12-13, 36-38.  An account of the 1839 American tour by Paul Taglioni and his wife, Amélie Galster Taglioni.

--------.  "The Metropolitan Opera Ballet Story."  Dance Magazine, Jan. 1951, pp. 20-29, 39-48.

Nevile, Jennifer.  The Eloquent Body:  Dance and Humanistic Culture in Fifteen-Century Italy.  Bloomington:  University of Indiana Press, 2004.

Pappacena, Flavia, ed.  Excelsior:  Documenti e Saggi/Documents and Essays.  Rome:  Di Giacomo, 1998.

--------, ed.  Il Trattato di Danza di Carlo Blasis 1820-1830/Carlo Blasis' Treatise on Dance 1820-1830.  Lucca:  Libreria Musicale Italiana, 2005.

Poesio, Giannandrea.  "Blasis, the Italian Ballo, and the Male Sylph."  In Rethinking the Sylph:  New Perspectives on the Romantic Ballet.  Ed. Lynn Garafola.  Hanover:  Wesleyan University Press/University Press of New England, 1997, pp. 131-141.

--------.  "Enrico Cecchetti:  The Influence of Tradition."  In Dance History:  An Introduction.  Ed. Janet Adshead-Lansdale and June Layson.  Rev. ed.  London:  Routledge, 1994, pp. 117-131.

Racster, Olga.  The Master of Russian Ballet (The Memoirs of Cav. Enrico Cecchetti.  Introd. Anna Pavlova.  New York: Dutton, 1923.

Souritz, Elizabeth.  Carlo Blasis in Russia (1861-1864).  Trans. Irene Huntoon.  Foreword Selma Jeanne Cohen.  Studies in Dance History, 4, no. 2 (Fall 1993), pp. 1-44.

Sowell, Debra H.  "A Plurality of Romanticisms:  Italian Ballet and the Repertory of Antonio Cortesi and Giovanni Casati."  Dance Research Journal, 37, No. 1 (Summer 2005), pp. 37-55.

Sparti, Barbara.  "Music and Choreography in the Reconstruction of 15th-Century Balli:  Another Look at Domenico's Verçepe."  Fifteenth-Century Studies, 10 (1984), pp. 177-194.

--------.  "Would You Like to Dance This Frattola?  Choreographic Concordances in Two Early Sixteenth-Century Tuscan Sources."  Musica Disciplina, 50 (1996), pp. 135-165.

Terzian, Elizabeth.  "Salvatore Viganň:  His Ballets at the Teatro La Scala (1811-1821)."  M. A.  Thesis, University of California, Riverside, 1986.

Toscanini, Walter.  "Gasparo Angiolini."  Opera News, 4 Apr. 1955, pp. 8-9.

Veroli, Patrizia.  "Dancing Italian Fascism.  Bodies, Practices, Representation."  Discourses in Dance, 3, no. 3 (in press).

--------.  "Walter Toscanini, Bibliophile and Collector, and the Cia Fornaroli Collection of the New York Public Library."  Dance Chronicle, 28, No. 3 (2005), pp. 323-362.

--------.  "Walter Toscanini's Vision of Dance."  Society of Dance History Scholars Proceedings, 1997, pp. 107-117.

Winter, Marian Hannah.  The Pre-Romantic Ballet.  London:  Pitman, 1974.

In addition, readers should consult the many useful articles in the International Encyclopedia of Dance and Grove Music Online.  Digital versions of early European dance texts can be accessed through An American Ballroom Companion:  Dance Instruction Manuals Ca. 1490-1920, posted by the Music Division, Library of Congress.