Bakst Designs for The Sleeping Princess, 1921
Posted 07 June 2007 - 12:11 PM
Someone asked if there was any reason why the Bakst designs could not be revived. Here is a link from an Australian site where some of them are featured. There are probably more on the internet but this is just one place.
Posted 07 June 2007 - 12:15 PM
Costume for Carabosse's page:
Carabosse (there are a few on this page):
A Minister of State, Act I:
Posted 08 June 2007 - 12:53 AM
I didn't know there was Bakst online, so I just had a look and found quite a few miscellaneous Bakst designs (including some SB ones) here. The scenery ones especially are STUNNING. It's a pity that a lot of the costumes are for ballets that aren't performed any more.
I know that the 1921 production bankrupted Diaghilev but do you think there is room for the Bakst SB designs today? I'm sure the fabrics could be cheated slightly (Messell used pipecleaners, sellotape and sackcloth after all), and everything that I've seen is wonderful, especially the 'Fairy Carnation' (?) and the Bluebird. Though having looked at the extreme opulence of, well, everything Bakst, it may all look a bit OTT nowadays.
Posted 08 June 2007 - 03:21 AM
(But where does the Harlequin fit in?)
"Carnaval" (Schumann/Fokine, 1910).
Posted 08 June 2007 - 05:07 AM
I suppose this has been spelled out in one place or another. I'm only going by Beaumont. Perhaps Buckle and others have noted the particulars involved in this number in other books, which I haven't re-checked.
In the case of musical interpolations, Beaumont names these specifically, such as the Danse Arabe and the Danse Chinoise from Nutcracker, so the fact that he doesn't note any non-Sleeping-Beauty music leads the reader to understand the Harlequin, etc. number was danced to a some of the music Tchaikovsky wrote for the suite of dances honoring Aurora's wedding.
Posted 08 June 2007 - 10:06 AM
Posted 09 June 2007 - 07:24 PM
interesting that Stravinsky reorchesreated some fo the music - it would be very interesting to hear. I wonder why it was done in the first place?
Are there any modern production styled on this one?
Posted 10 June 2007 - 01:52 AM
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Posted 02 February 2009 - 08:04 PM
"Stravinsky's orchestration of the 'Bluebird' Pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty was a straightforward arrangement commisioned for the American Ballet Theatre company in 1942, when the demands of war service had much reduced its regular orchestra for touring. Diaghilev had included this Pas de deux to Marisu Petipa's choreography at Paris in 1909, when it was danced by Tamara Karsavina and Vaclav Nijinsky. As with the two other dances Stravinsky orchestrated for the full ballet production in 1921, he again had to work from a piano score.
'I had to invent what I could not recall of Tchaikovsky's own instrumental choices,' he noted, and pointedout that the one entirely novel and non-Tchaikovskyan feature of the instrumentation is a prominent piano part which he wrote 'to help conceal the small number of string'. These he reccommended should not be less than five violins, four violas, three cellos and two basses."
(from Noel Goodwin's CD notes)
I wish we knew for sure what these different two numbers orchestrated for the Diaghilev were exactly... (And could hear them). Stravinsky's orchestrations for Blue Bird aren't too different but are charming. It raises a question I often have while watching Sleeping Beauty on DVD and then forget--in nearly every stage production I've seen the glissandos (I think that's the term) i the Adagio of the Desire/Aurora Grand pas de deux are played on a piano, but in all my CD recordings they're harp...
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