Carnival in Venice
Posted 01 July 2003 - 07:10 AM
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Posted 12 July 2003 - 02:09 PM
While I was rewatching the tape in response to your post, I became aware for the first time that the adagio seems to quote a passage from the aria "Nel cor piu non mi sento" from Paisiello's La molinara--which I know only because Beethoven wrote a set of variations upon it. I would be interested to learn if Mel Johnson agrees, or whether he thinks it's just a coincidental overlap of a fairly standard melodic sequence. If the Paisiello is really there, on the other hand, it might be an air parlant that connects the pas de deux to the action of the ballet as a whole.
Does anybody know if the Carnival in Venice pas de deux/pas de dix ever made its way into Satanella?
Posted 12 July 2003 - 07:42 PM
Poor Paisiello, first he gets squashed by Mozart, then he gets squashed by Rossini, all in the same lifetime.
Posted 13 July 2003 - 11:22 AM
I wasn't aware of the Saint-Saens anecdote either. I had always assumed that the judgement was being passed on Rossini himself and his florid style, dated in terms of the taste-canons of 1886.
I wonder if you would be kind enough to point me to the Freischuetz allusion in Giselle. I have it on the authority of Ivor Guest that it's there, but it always seems to slip past me when I listen. But then, I don't know Freischuetz very well.
Posted 13 July 2003 - 12:15 PM
Can anyone explain the ending pose of the two principals, in which the woman is in 5th en pointe and the man has one hand on her knee? It's done at the end of the adagio and the coda.
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Posted 15 July 2003 - 11:34 AM
Actually, on second thought, it certainly could be an engineering pun by the politically pawky Pugni. The bridge united Buda and Pest and was hailed as "the wonder of the modern world" in its day.
Posted 16 July 2003 - 12:45 PM
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Posted 16 July 2003 - 06:42 PM
Fat as compared to...? She looks fine in the photos to me.
Shirayev provides us with one of the few biographical details we have about Antonietta dell'Era, the original Sugar Plum Fairy - "She's FAT!!!"
Posted 16 July 2003 - 06:56 PM
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