Interview with Frederic Franklin, Part 3 of 7: May 11 and May 18, 1979

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Interview with Frederic Franklin, Part 3 of 7: May 11 and May 18, 1979
Franklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 (Interviewee)
Conway, Peter, 1929 July 18- (Interviewer)

Dance Oral History Project

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979-05-11
Date Created: 1979-05-18
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 5-1095
Massine, Leonide, 1896-1979
Delarova, Eugenia
Eglevsky, André
Nijinska, Bronislava, 1891-1972
Starbuck, James
Toumanova, Tamara, 1919-1996
Marie-Jeanne, 1920-2007
Franklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 -- Interviews
Danilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997
Platt, Marc, 1913-2014
Balanchine, George
Panaieff, Michel
Zoritch, George, 1917-2009
Skibine, George, 1920-1981
Kochno, Boris
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
New Yorker (Choreographic work : Massine)
Vienna - 1814 (Choreographic work : Massine)
Saratoga (Choreographic work : Massine)
Bacchanale (Choreographic work : Massine)
Icare (Choreographic work : Lifar)
Ghost town (Choreographic work : Platt)
Oral histories
Additional physical form: For transcript of interview see *MGZMT 5-1095.
Source note: Interview with Frederic Franklin conducted by Peter Conway for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division Oral History Project at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, on May 11 and 18, 1979. Part 1 (April 30 and May 1, 1979), Part 2 (May 7 and 8, 1979), Part 4 (October 24 and 25, 1979), Part 5 (October 9, 12, and 22, 1981), Part 6 (October 22, 23 and 27, 1981), and Part 7 (November 3 and 5, 1981) are cataloged separately.
Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.
Source characteristics: Sound quality is good in streaming file 1. Streaming file 2 is marred by occasional fluctuations in volume and by extraneous noise, apparently from (mild) distortion in the original recording.
Venue: Recorded by Peter Conway for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts May 11 and 18, 1979 New York (N.Y.)
Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 3 hr., 13 min.); polyester; half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in
Streaming audio file 1, May 11, 1979 (approximately one hour and 37 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks with Peter Conway about Leonide Massine and Eugenia Delarova including her creative influence on Massine; Massine as a person; some of Franklin's roles in Massine's ballets including his (and Argentinita' s) Capriccio espagnol; Tamara Toumanova; ballet mothers; Ruthanna Boris; partnering various ballerinas including Alicia Markova, Irina Baronova, and Alexandra Danilova; particularly arduous roles; ballet dancers and cigarettes including an anecdote about Danilova; Bronislava Nijinska; Danilova as a dancer; Massine's ballet The New Yorker; his work Vienna - 1914, including anecdotes about Sol Hurok; the problems with reviving Massine's ballets; Massine's ballet Saratoga; performing the Dandy in Massine's Boutique fantasque; a performance anecdote about Massine's Seventh Symphony and Roland Guerand; Franklin's policy of having a good relationship with the orchestra's conductor and the wardrobe mistress; reasons Massine left the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.Streaming audio file 2, May 18, 1979 (approximately one hour and 36 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks with Peter Conway about the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and his impressions of Michel Panaieff, Marc Platoff [Platt], George Zoritch, Boris Kochno, and Yura [George] Skibine; Massine's ballet Bacchanale; the outbreak of World War II while he was in France; Serge Lifar and his work Icare; Lubov Rostova and Lubov Roudenko including an anecdote about Danilova and Roudenko; Jeanette Lauret; André Eglevsky; Franklin's relationship with Igor Youskevitch; Marc Platt's ballet Ghost town; George Balanchine including his Les Ballet 1933; Marie-Jeanne; Balanchine's staging of Serenade and Poker game [Jeu de cartes] on the company; costumes in which it was impossible to dance including his costume as the Minotaur in [Massine's] Labyrinth; the costumes [in Bacchanale]; performing in Alexandra Fedorova's staging of The nutcracker; Jimmy [James] Starbuck; various reasons Alicia Markova left the company; other dancers who left the company in 1941.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 994684830
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21304246
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 49ed4290-c7d4-0135-65d6-0055427cd9a6
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Item timeline of events

  • 1914: Creator Born
  • 1979: Created (Approximate)
  • 2013: Creator Died
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Frederic Franklin" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979 - 1979.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Frederic Franklin" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 25, 2020.

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Interview with Frederic Franklin