My dearly beloved Wife!: Letters from France and Italy 1841 (Hardcover)

My dearly beloved Wife!: Letters from France and Italy 1841 By August Bournonville, Knud Arne Jurgensen (Editor), Patricia N. McAndrew (Translator) Cover Image

My dearly beloved Wife!: Letters from France and Italy 1841 (Hardcover)


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In 1841 the great Danish choreographer and
ballet-master, August Bournonville, made a
six-month European journey that took him to
France and - for the first time - to Italy. During
his travels he kept a weekly correspondence with
his wife, Helene, who had remained with their
six children in Copenhagen. In these thirty-nine
travel letters Bournonville describes in fine and
vivid details his many personal and cultural
encounters and theatre experiences abroad with
a spontaneity of expression that is conspicuously
absent from the majority of his other published
writings. Bournonville here literally brims with
vision, opinion and wit.

The 1841 travel letters are here gathered in book
form for the first time. They not only provide
a great deal of factual information from this
important European journey, but also reveal his
fine and sometimes even wild sense of humour,
which he clearly restrained or suppressed in his
later, published autobiographical writings.

Together these travel letters represent a fascinating
and unique insight into his true artist's psyche,
his professional career abroad, and his personal
character as a man. They reveal in fine detail how
some of his most popular ballets were created and
directly inspired from the strong impressions of
art and nature that he had received during this,
the perhaps most fruitful of his many artistic

Product Details ISBN: 9781852731069
ISBN-10: 1852731060
Publisher: Dance Books Ltd
Publication Date: September 5th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English