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Castanets


Castanets

Now used primarily in Spanish dance music, castanets are percussion instruments that were known to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Of the many kinds, the most common consist of two small matching pieces of hard wood or ivory, joined at the inner edge and used with a thin strap in the player’s hand. They are snapped together between the palm and fingers and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents, especially to accompany dancing. What is the origin of the instrument’s name? More… Discuss

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George Balanchine


George Balanchine

Balanchine was one of the 20th century’s foremost choreographers. His stark ballets emphasized “pure” dance and formed a bridge between classical and modern ballet. Born in Russia, he moved to the US in 1933 and became director of ballet for the Metropolitan Opera House and co-founder of the School of American Ballet. He later helped found the company that would become the New York City Ballet and was named its artistic director and principal choreographer. What disease ended Balanchine’s life? More… Discuss

Svetlanov conducts Tchaikovsky – Capriccio italien, Op. 45: great compositions/performances


Svetlanov conducts Tchaikovsky – Capriccio italien, Op. 45

It’s hot in LA…what can I say: GLAZUNOV: The Seasons – ‘Summer’ – Philharmonia Orchestra – Yevgeny Svetlanov: great compositions/performances


GLAZUNOV: The Seasons – ‘Summer’ – Philharmonia Orchestra – Yevgeny Svetlanov

Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936 : Russia)

The Seasons (Ballet, Op.67)

Scene III. Summer

Scene Three depicts the height of summer in a wheatfield.
The Spirit of Corn (Kschessinska’s role) dances in the heat of
the day. Naiads carrying blue veils symbolize the coolness of
streams. Satyrs invade the field and attempt to carry off the
spirit of Corn who is protected by Zephyr and the flowers.
From booklet notes

I: Waltz 00:06
II: Barcarole 02:18
III: Variation 05:15
IV: Coda 06:38

Philharmonia Orchestra
Yevgeny Svetlanov, conductor

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make music part of your life series: Aram Khachaturian: Spartacus – Ballet Suite No. 2


The monument of the composer Aram Khachaturian...

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Aram Khachaturian: Spartacus – Ballet Suite No. 2

1. Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
2. Entrance of Merchants, Dance of a Roman Courtesan, General Dance 8:52
3. Entrance of Spartacus, Quarrel, Harmodius’ Treachery 13:15
4. Dance of the Pirates 19:21

Scottish National Orchestra
Neeme Järvi – conductor

great composions/performances: SIR THOMAS BEECHAM & ‘FAUST’ Ballet Music by Charles Gounod


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SIR THOMAS BEECHAM & ‘FAUST’ Ballet Music by Charles Gounod

This wonderfully melodic ballet music is given a superb performance by Beecham & the Royal philharmonic, the orchestra he had founded during 1946. In their time, surely Sir Thomas & Pierre Monteux where inimitable here.

today’s birthday: Igor Stravinsky (1882)


Igor Stravinsky (1882)

Stravinsky was a Russian-American composer considered by many to be the greatest and most versatile composer of the 20th century. His first major success, The Firebird, brought him international renown in 1910. He followed this the next year with the great ballet score Petrushka and two years after that with his most acclaimed—and controversial—work, the ballet The Rite of Spring, recognized as a landmark and masterpiece of modern music. Why did its premiere provoke a riot? More… Discuss

Make Music Part of Your Life Series: SIR THOMAS BEECHAM & ‘FAUST’ Ballet Music by Charles Gounod



Make Music Part of Your Life Series: SIR THOMAS BEECHAM & ‘FAUST’ Ballet Music by Charles Gounod

This wonderfully melodic ballet music is given a superb performance by Beecham & the Royal philharmonic, the orchestra he had founded during 1946. In their time, surely Sir Thomas & Pierre Monteux where inimitable here.

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No. 4


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The Queer Urban Orchestra, under the direction of Nolan Dresden, performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ballet Suite No. 4 at our Mysterium concert, March 20, 2011. The work is in three movements: I – Introduction and Variations; II – Waitz; and III – Scherzo.

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Sergei Prokofiev – Cinderella – Duet of the Prince and Cinderella



Sergei Prokofiev – Cinderella – Duet of the Prince and Cinderella Op. 87 

Direction: Vladimir Ashkenazy
The Cleveland Orchestra

 

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Aram Khachturian Adagio Spartacus and Phrygia, SYOA, Sergey Smbatyan



State Youth Orchestra of Armenia 
Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Sergey Smbatyan

Aram Khachaturian – Adagio Spartacus and Phrygia from the Ballet “Spartacus”
Aram Khachaturian International Violin Competition 2010 

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Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Op. 20, Act IV No. 29, Scene finale



TchaikovskySwan Lake Op. 20, Act IV No. 29, Scene finale

Charles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra

 

Great Performances – At the Opera: Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake – The Kirov Ballet [YouTube: Published on Mar 7, 2012 – 3,088,451]



In this production of the best loved classical ballet ‘Swan Lake’ the naturally gifted Yulia Makhalina dances the challenging role of Odette/Odile while the part of Prince Siegfried is danced by Igor Zelensky. This classic Kirov production includes the familiar happy ending in the final act where Siegfried fights and ultimately defeats the evil magician von Rothbart and at dawn is reunited with Odette.

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Gian Carlo Menotti – Sebastian (1944) ballet suite (very enticing music: Tonight, Dancing!)



Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
Sebastian Suite (1944), ballet

I. Introduction
II. Barcarole
III. Street Fight
IV. Cortege
V. Sebastian’s Dance 0:00
VI. Dance of the Wounded Courtesan 2:36
VII. Pavane 7:17

Spoleto Festival Orchestra/Richard Hickox

Menotti composed this ballet score to his own libretto in 1944. The choreography of the original production was considered unsuccessful, but with restagings later it became a success. Sebastian is a Moorish slave, secretly in love with a courtesan. She, in her turn, shares love with the Prince of their Italian kingdom. The prince’s sisters, desiring to end the affair, steal the courtesan’s veil, which allows them to work black magic on her, which they can do with a life-sized wax figure covered with the veil; firing arrows into it will kill her. Sebastian learns of the plot, substitutes himself for the wax figure, and is shot with the arrows. The sacrifice breaks their spell over the courtesan, and she is reunited with her beloved. 
Menotti’s music is ardent and romantic, sort of an Italian Prokofiev in style and sound. It is very listenable, a fine score of its type. When the work was first heard in New York, critic, Mark Schubart, reporting for The New York Times stated that the music “is prettily orchestrated, and the more violent portions are filled with elaborate percussion effects, flutter-tonguing on the brasses and carefully balanced, effective sonorities.” He noted also the “attractive melodies, simple in intent and immediate in appeal”. There is a suite in seven movements drawn from the score.

Picture: “Martyrdom of St Sebastian” (detail) by Antonio Giorgetti (pre-1670)

 

Today’s Birthday: SIR FREDERICK WILLIAM MALLANDAINE ASHTON (1904)


Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton (1904)

Ashton is best known as the founding choreographer of England‘s Royal Ballet. He was drawn to dance at age 13 after attending a performance by the legendary Anna Pavlova in Peru, where he grew up. While studying dance with Léonide Massine and Marie Rambert, he began staging works. In the 1930s, he joined what would later become the Royal Ballet as its chief choreographer. Ashton is largely responsible for the elegantly reserved style of English classical dance. What are his most famous works? More… Discuss

 

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVKY.- The Sleeping Beauty Suite Op.66



PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVKY.- 

The Sleeping Beauty Suite Op.66

Introdicción
Pas d’action “Rose Adagio”
Panorama
Waltz
Finale

Orquesta Sinfónica de Amsterdam
Director: Peter Stern

Today’s Birthday: Edgar Degas (1834)


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Edgar Degas (1834)

Degas was a French painter and sculptor. After copying the Old Masters and becoming a skilled draftsman, he was introduced to Impressionism by Édouard Manet. He then gave up his academic aspirations to pursue art exclusively. Many of his works depict the fast-paced city life of Paris, particularly the ballet, theater, circus, track, and cafés, and feature non-traditional compositions influenced by Japanese prints and photography. Which of his works was criticized for its “appalling ugliness”? More… Discuss