Sounds like the Fairy of Generosity did her thing on the princess!
What a lovely gesture to give out the flowers.
The Spindle Scene, Act I
Posted 01 August 2005 - 02:41 PM
Posted 02 August 2005 - 05:57 AM
Posted 02 August 2005 - 06:22 AM
At the Paris Opéra Ballet, Aurora has to find the spindle in the middle of a bouquet and hold onto it as she pulls it out of the flowers and throws them down...all in the middle of a double pirouette at the end of a manège. Really, it's enough to make one wonder why choreographers feel the need to make the role even more technically challenging than it already is.
Alymer, how does the Milan production work musically? I take it that she must prick her finger rather soon after receiving the bouquet and then find the spindle on what is traditionally the ominous "prick" chord?
Posted 02 August 2005 - 08:32 AM
[Edited to add:]
I wonder if the spindle might have something to do with the Greek myth of the three Fates, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos ?
Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:36 AM
It is a spindle from a spinning wheel that gets handed to her; it is appropriate as a coming-of-age gift, because another name for it is a "maiden". It would also mark her accession to "spinsterhood", as a marriageable single woman.
So, if I understood you correctly, the spindle that she gets as a present should represent that she is old enough to become a woman? It would be like a tradition, or something like that?
Thanx in advance for the answer!
Posted 14 November 2006 - 12:41 PM
Posted 14 November 2006 - 04:05 PM
That's correct. Actually, that she has become a woman and is now of marriageable age. Of course there are other interpretations out there, too, but that's mine.
There are according to Russian ethnological studies superstitious prohibitions connected with a spindle and to receive one could lead to misfortune (and death of cattle).
Posted 15 November 2006 - 05:38 AM
Leonid, I didn't know about that Russian superstition. Knowing that, the tale becomes even more interesting.
It is fascinating how some fairy tale like this one, intended to be for the kids, carries so much information and tradition, and historical background!
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