Loewe, Frederick. (1901–1988) [De Mille, Agnes. (1905–1993)]
"The Lerner & Loewe Song Book" - INSCRIBED TO AGNES DE MILLE
New York: Simon and Schuster. 1962. First Edition.
Signed and Inscribed to Agnes [De Mille] on a front blank: "To Agnes with great admiration / and my eternal gratitude for / her priceless contributions to / my work. / Fritz Loewe / Oct. 29th 1962." 255 pp. Includes songs from My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, The Day Before Spring, and Camelot, with photographs from the original productions throughout. Publisher's cloth, chipping to spine ends; small price label on rear free endpaper; dust jacket separated into parts at folds with scattered cello tape repairs and moderate loss at spine panel and lower edge. Overall fine in good dj. 9 x 12 inches.
Agnes de Mille's many brilliant choreographies for musical theater included Oklahoma!, Carousel, and Lerner and Loewe's 1947 hit Brigadoon. De Mille revolutionized musical theatre by creating choreography which not only conveyed the emotional dimensions of the characters but enhanced the plot. Her choreography, as a reflection of her awareness of acting, reflected the angst and turmoil of the characters instead of simply focusing on a dancer's physical technique.