women out west

Women Out West are in Copland’s Rodeo

 Women out West: Rodeo. Copeland wrote  Rodeo in 1942 as a Ballet in One Act.  The Ballet Russe of Monte Carlo commissioned choreographer Agnes de Mille to collaborate with Aaron Copeland on the Rodeo project. I found a  score arranged for piano. The arrangement is copyrighted by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. It was printed in 1962. It has six principle sections:

  1. First Episode: Buckaroo Holiday
  2. Transition
  3. Second Episode: Corral Nocturne
  4. Ranch House Party
  5. Third Episode: Saturday Night Waltz
  6. Fourth Episode: Hoe-Down
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Aaron Copland as subject of a Young People’s Concert, 1970.

Women Out West Had to Find Suitable Men!

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Agnes de Mille choreographed Copland’s Rodeo.

 

Basically, throughout the American southwest, the Saturday afternoon rodeo was a tradition. Usually, it was followed by an evening dance at the Ranch House. Copland’s Rodeo uses this basic western concept. As a matter of fact dating between the sexes  was problem confronting all American women since early pioneer times. The question has been how to get a suitable  man? Most likely, it is still a problem everywhere.

Women Out West Relished the Saturday Evening Dance.

On Saturday evening, after the Rodeo, social time was shared by dancing the square dance. The principle theme of Copland’s Hoe-Down in Rodeo uses a square dance tune called Bonypart. Of course this is a humorous reference to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Agnes de Mille describes the basic concept for choreography: “Throughout the American Southwest, the … dance was a tradition. On the remote ranches, as well as in trading centers and the towns, the “hands” get together to show off their skill in roping, riding, branding and throwing. Often, on the more isolated ranches, the rodeo is done for an audience that consisted only of a handful of fellow-workers and women-folk.  Any neighbors that attended often had to do an eighty mile or so run-over to witness the event.”

I, the blogger, also wrote a ballet called The Dance of the Zodiac. It also features the bull, as in the rodeo. Only it appears as the symbol of Taurus. Enjoy this internal link to my own ballet.

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