Page three of The Tenth Festival of Chamber Music [concert program]
Performed to music by Darius Milhaud and commissioned by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge for the Library of Congress, Imagined Wing premiered on October 30, 1944, at the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Costumes were designed by Edythe Gilfond and the set was created by Isamu Noguchi. Graham did not appear in the work, which was danced by the Martha Graham Dance Company. Writing for the New York Times (November 1, 1944), critic John Martin commented that he thought this work was the weakest of the three works on the program (the others were Herodiade and Appalachian Spring). "[I]t is set to a score by Darius Milhaud, called 'Jeux de Printemps.' Very nice music in itself, it is nevertheless pretty far removed from Miss Graham's style and might more fittingly serve as a suite for the ballet. It is danced by a group of seven…and has bits of amusing stage directions…. As a dance composition, however, it lacks body and point."