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Isadora Duncan's masterly writings on the dance reveal the depth of her determination to create a lyric form of the art which was free of characterization, storytelling, and the theatrical exhibition of skills. She wished to discard the traditional methods and established vocabularies of such dance forms as ballet and to explore the internal sources of human expressiveness. She shunned bodily ornamentation and strove to use only the natural movements of her body, undistorted by acrobatic exaggeration and stimulated only by internal compulsion. In her recitals Duncan danced to the music of Beethoven, Wagner, and Gluck, among others, but, contrary to popular belief, she made no attempt to visualize or to interpret the music; rather, she simply relied on it to provide the inspiration for expressing inner feelings through movement.

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The author implies that Duncan relied on music in her recitals in order to

  • A interpret musical works solely by means of natural body movements
  • B foster the illusion that music serves as an inspiration for the dance
  • C inspire the expression of inner feeling when she danced
  • D validate the public belief that music inspires the expression of feeling through movement
  • E counter the public belief that she made no attempt to visualize music

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