#6 - What is the role of the Four Seasons
Posted 19 July 2004 - 07:11 PM
Posted 20 July 2004 - 07:47 AM
Posted 20 July 2004 - 08:26 AM
I love the entrance of the corps, and the choreography for them generally. I think, with the fairies in Dream, it's one of the best examples of how Ashton took a very old formula and made it new.
And then thematically, perhaps they also give the idea that there is justice in the world and that to everything there is a season. Cinderella will have her day and find her prince, just as surely as the stars move through the heavens and the spring follows winter.
Posted 12 February 2007 - 05:29 AM
Posted 25 December 2008 - 11:31 PM
I was under the impression that each of the fairies were there to give a gift from their season. I can't quite remember but off the top of my head I thought they were Summer - Roses, Winter - Jewels, Autumn - a Dress and I can't remember what Spring gave...
As I read in Harlow Robinson's biography of Sergei Prokofiev, in addition to the Fairy Godmother there are four fairies representing the four seasons, perhaps directly inspired by Glazunov's 1899 ballet The Seasons.
Posted 26 December 2008 - 06:40 AM
i think this notion is another example of future stagers' trying to 'make sense' of a moment that the composer and his librettist didn't see as needing further 'explanation' or 'dramatic point.'
maybe the new Morrison biography says something more.
Posted 24 February 2009 - 07:46 PM
Prokofiev also said that Cinderella was written as a hommage to Tchaikovsky's ballets. As was mentioned here, the seasons music sounds more like a hommage to Glazunov's The Seasons ballet (my CD of Cinderella actually has a recording of The Seasons to fill out disc 2)--but I think the excuse for the fairies and their female attendants is also a hommage to the traditional Petipa "white act" (Act I Scene 2 of Raymonda, the Vision scene of Sleeping Beauty etc etc) And it is an excuse to get some gorgeous female corps dancing after having largely character dancing and mime in the first scene.
Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:46 PM
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