Pushkin at the danceCranko's Russian evocation
Posted 20 May 2008 - 07:31 PM
Posted 20 May 2008 - 09:37 PM
"John told me that the piece of music in Tchaikovsky's opera that most attracted him was Gremin's aria in the last act, and he had envisaged this as a love duet when first thinking about the ballet. His idea had been to use an arrangement of the music from the opera, and there was talk of his creating the ballet at Covent Garden for Fonteyn and Nureyev, but the Board of Directors there would not hear of using opera music in that way and, as it turned out, neither would Dr Schafer at Stuttgart. However, Kurt-Heinz Stolze undertook to arrange a new score from mainly unfamiliar pieces by the same composer, using not a single bar from the opera.
page 174 of Theatre in my Blood: a biography of John Cranko by John Percival.
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