The Classical PeriodEras in Ballet, continued
Posted 30 August 2003 - 08:43 PM
Sorry for shifting the subject. Why is it, that while much of classical music came from German and Austrian composers, there are few German and Austrian ballets?
Posted 30 August 2003 - 09:09 PM
Posted 31 August 2003 - 02:31 AM
Ist besser als krankheit.
Actually, the Mecca of the musical world for much of the past 300 years has been Leipzig. It was known for excellence in music before J.S. Bach moved there in 1723. Stimulated, and some say protected, by the presence of the University, Liepzig Conservatory did for music what the University, founded in 1409, did for Theology, Law and Medicine.
Posted 01 September 2003 - 05:01 PM
One thought that comes to mind is that German music tends to be heavy, and the best ballet music is light -- not light as in "frivolous" but as in "getting off the ground." The dance music I can think of in German works tends to be folk-based: a weighty kind of dancing. Of course, if there had been choreographers of real talent working in Germany and Austria at the time of the great composers, this might have been different.
Why is it, that while much of classical music came from German and Austrian composers, there are few German and Austrian ballets?
Posted 01 September 2003 - 05:07 PM
Posted 01 September 2003 - 05:31 PM
Re Frederick the Great, he did have a ballet company -- La Barbarina (I forget her real name) was his ballerina and he was quite taken with her. He wanted a world class ballerina -- so he wanted to compete with his fellow Greats, as it were. Perhaps that strain of ballet didn't develop because there was no Academy? (But first, a school. Louis and Mr. B.)
Posted 01 September 2003 - 05:36 PM
I can hear us now:
Achtung, jetzt tun wir Kreis des Beines aus den Grund!
Posted 01 September 2003 - 06:23 PM
A: Frederick the Grape and Catherine the Grape!
Posted 04 September 2003 - 11:25 AM
Posted 04 September 2003 - 02:20 PM
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