©2019 by Sophie Redfern

Sophie is an active researcher working on 20th-century ballet and American music.


Her major focus to date has been on Leonard Bernstein's ballets, but her interests are wide and encompass all forms of music theatre and a broad range of 19th- and 20th-century music.

Below are some of her forthcoming publications and contributions:

  • Bernstein and Robbins: The Early Ballets​ 

95,000-word book under review

Drawing extensively on documents in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC and New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsBernstein and Robbins: The Early Ballets, tells the story of the creation, premiere, and reception of the ballets Fancy Free and Facsimile for the very first time. 


It reveals the vital and sometimes conflicting role of Ballet Theatre, how the ballets got to the stage, how Bernstein composed the scores, and the legacy of these works for all involved. The result is a new understanding of Bernstein, Robbins, and this period of their lives.

  • 'Old Divisions and New Debates: Music Criticism in Post-War America', in The Cambridge History of Music Criticism, ed. Christopher Dingle (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Published August 2019

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  • 33 entries on choreographers, choreography and dancers in The Cambridge Stravinsky Encyclopedia, eds. Edward Campbell and Peter O'Hagan (Cambridge University Press).

Due out 2019​