“An act of love as well as a major contribution to the history of American dance, Louis Horst presents a comprehensive biography of a most unusual man.” — Art Times
“Horst is widely recognized as a seminal figure who helped to elevate modern dance to a full-fledged American art. . . . As [Martha] Graham’s close collaborator he created scores for her masterworks and systemized a composition theory for modern dance. . . . The definitive chronicle of Horst’s years in dance.” — Publishers Weekly
“Louis Horst provides an important link in the understanding of the relativity of music and dance within the matrix of modernist art. . . . Soares’s book confirms the true stature of Louis Horst as the Father of Modern Choreography.” — Ernestine Stodelle , Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Assoc.
“No matter how many times it is repeated, the importance of Louis Horst to the art of American Modern Dance cannot be overstated.” — Bert Wechsler, Attitude Magazine
"A wonderful book about a remarkable man who inspired and instructed generations of American dancers." — Martha Clarke, Director/Choreographer
"Louis Horst—cantankerous, loveable—all but spanked American modern dance into existence. As accompanist to all the pioneer choreographers, as composition teacher to countless young dancers, as Martha Graham's music director, guide, and lover, he deserves this biography. It has the depth that only fine research can give and the affectionate understanding that only a former pupil and assistant can reveal." — Deborah Jowitt, Dance Critic, Village Voice
"Ms. Soares makes it clear that Louis Horst was a trailblazer, indispensable not only to Graham's efforts but to a system of teaching and evaluating dance composition that laid claim to a new and vital art form—one that expressed life in a new century with a new movement language. . . . The humility and particular genius of the man comes through, as a musician willing to serve the dance, as a mentor willing to serve the choreographer, and as a visionary championing a new breed of artists." — Peter Sparling, Chair, Department of Dance, University of Michigan (Former Principal Dancer, The Martha Graham Dance Company)