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As a society we are constantly pairing things together in hopes of enhancing them peanut butter and jelly apple pie and ice cream and most relevant to this paper music and dance In an art form like ballet it would seem as though music and dance complement each other equally Truly it is hard to picture a dance or actually perform a dance without music However this may not necessarily be the case for music even if that music is specifically composed for a dance routine The compilation of the music and the dancing from a scene in the American cowboy ballet Rodeo will be examined as a unit and independently Music is reliant on expression through the medium of sound Dance revolves around expression through movement In the ballet Rodeo choreographed by Agnes de Mille and composed by Aaron Copland in 1942 there lies a great emphasis on the American brand cowboys and cowgirls in the west At the insistence of de Mille characterization and emotion portrayal in both the choreography and the music was necessary p369 Before Copland began composing Rodeo de Mille outlined the dance for Copland in detail She let him know how many measures she wanted for specific dance scenes and even gave him adjectives describing the music she wanted for a specific scenes and characters p367 She also provided Copland with some cowboy folk tunes that he could incorporate into his compositions Copland was really collaborating with de Millethe inspiration for the music came from the dance movements and the story of the ballet This is unlike his later composition for the ballet Appalachian Spring where he composed separately from the choreographer Martha Graham Robertson Yet in both cases Copland heavily relied on folk songs and in both cases the suites for the ballets have been more successful than the actual ballet itself Robertson Pollack Thus it would be appropriate to examine the dancing with the music
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