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Old 05-07-2011, 07:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I couldn't find the Finlandic production, but here's another professional production (Ballet of the Kirov Theatre St. Petersburg) of Swan Lake, Act 2 Scene 1, that I'm watching now to see what it is like since you recommend it. Beautiful music. My only complaint with the choreography is that there is an awful lot of arm/wing flapping! I know they're swans and all, but still...when you've seen 10 flaps, 1000 gets a little tiring.

they don't flap that much in the Finlandic production
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they don't flap that much in the Finlandic production
Good. That was an awful lot of flapping in the Kirov production. It distracted me from the music and the moves. All I can remember is flapping now.
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There are also some nice menuets...
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Vivaldi's 'Concerto No. 4 in F minor' ('Winter') will always remind me of skater Surya Bonaly because it was commonly her music of choice on the ice. Here she is performing her illegal specialty after a fall at the 1998 Olympics -- a one-skate backflip.

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^ Hooray for Surya Bonalay!

I love love love Romeo and Juliet's Pas de deux. The music and dancing is so wonderful together.

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^ Hooray for Surya Bonalay!

I love love love Romeo and Juliet's Pas de deux. The music and dancing is so wonderful together.
I love the music for "Dance of the The Knights" from Prokofiev's ballet, Romeo and Juliet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_a...iet_(Prokofiev). I first heard the song in some car commercial and didn't realize until recently that it is part of a ballet:

Prokofiev - "Dance of the Knights" (or Montagues and Capulets) from his ballet, Romeo and Juliet
I like the music's somber, destructive power contrasting with the delicate, romantic, hopeful interludes. An especially nice moment in the ballet (shown below) is when Romeo and Juliet come face to face (at 5:20) and the somber, martial theme re-emerges, foreshadowing the devastation that is to come in their lives:



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Il Duce in another thread asked about Bartok's music for his ballet, The Miraculous Mandarin The Miraculous Mandarin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This made me curious about it (especially after seeing a link that most definitely was *not* the download of the music ) and so I found the following video showing excerpts of the ballet:

Bartok - The Miraculous Mandarin (ballet)
The dancing is pleasantly contemporary and fresh, and the music chaotic and intense, matching the far-fetched plot: three tramps force a girl to dance to lure men close enough so that the tramps can steal from them, which leads to the tramps violently murdering the final gentleman, a wealthy Chinese man, who longs for the girl and eventually dies in her arms. :/

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^^yeah, it's a story worthy of a movie on its own
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Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. It can be either a whole musical piece or part of a larger musical arrangement. In terms of performance, the major categories are live dance music and recorded dance music.
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I love the music for "Dance of the The Knights" from Prokofiev's ballet, Romeo and Juliet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_a...iet_(Prokofiev). I first heard the song in some car commercial and didn't realize until recently that it is part of a ballet:

Prokofiev - "Dance of the Knights" (or Montagues and Capulets) from his ballet, Romeo and Juliet
I like the music's somber, destructive power contrasting with the delicate, romantic, hopeful interludes. An especially nice moment in the ballet (shown below) is when Romeo and Juliet come face to face (at 5:20) and the somber, martial theme re-emerges, foreshadowing the devastation that is to come in their lives:
In my recent explorations of classical music, this has been one of the songs I've gotten into the most. I had never seen the accompanying dance before. Is it wrong that up until this moment the song always conjured up very vivid images of Darth Vader for me?
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In my recent explorations of classical music, this has been one of the songs I've gotten into the most. I had never seen the accompanying dance before. Is it wrong that up until this moment the song always conjured up very vivid images of Darth Vader for me?
Not wrong at all! Prokofiev's "Dance of the Knights" for me still conjures up images of giant swinging balls because they were in the car commercial that first introduced me to the song. Better Darth Vader than giant swinging balls!

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