Posted 16 September 2009 - 12:59 PM
One of our friends is a director of a ballet school in the US. We were comparing notes on Nutcracker, since between my husband, myself, and him we have staged hundreds of performances (i wish i was exagerating). So he showed us a clip of his latest production and included a variation that i have never seen, with music that I have never heard before. He said it was included in Tchaikovsky's original score, but as of yet I have not found it. Can anyone point me in the right direction??? Or is this not even true? Help!
Posted 16 September 2009 - 01:33 PM
Who dances this "missing" variation...?-(which character..?) Which act...?
Posted 16 September 2009 - 02:01 PM
Posted 16 September 2009 - 03:09 PM
Posted 16 September 2009 - 03:40 PM
Actually, the Marzipan variation is Danish. The original notation of the steps shows a lot of taqueterie and pirouettes one-on-pointe, double-on-demi, that recall how the Danes danced à la Bournonville. French, or maybe Belgian, might be Mother Ginger.
Posted 16 September 2009 - 03:44 PM
Posted 16 September 2009 - 04:18 PM
That is really interesting about Marzipan. I have never seen the original notation, and the version I am most familiar with is the pas de trois that is done with students... A la Mariinsky. I know it is not mother Ginger Ashe uses that as well. Actually he uses the familiar score with all variations that are standard. Hmmm...
Posted 16 September 2009 - 04:21 PM
Posted 16 September 2009 - 05:05 PM
Posted 16 September 2009 - 06:23 PM
i don't know who first associated this w/ Marzipan, but certainly Balanchine did, since '54.
for the record Tchaikovsky's 'sweets' (or not) are in order:
[Trépak] no connection to a confection
[Mirlitons] again no connection to a sweatmeat
[Pas des 32 polichinelles et de la mère Gignone avec ses petits enfants qui sortent de la jupe]
an essay from a soviet ballet magazine about Petipa claims that the once was the intention to include a dance named for 'cream pastries' in the divertissement suite, but i've never heard anything else about this.
Posted 16 September 2009 - 06:50 PM
That's It! Cream pastries. Any idea if it was originally included in the score, or if it was performed in any Nutcracker around that period?
Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:10 PM
Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:10 PM
the music was never composed, to the best of my knowledge; the reference was in a essay on the early plans for NUTCRACKER, and if i recall correctly, the libretto soon changed to what we now know with no further ref. to this idea.
the list of numbers i indicated above indicates the only compositions that have been specifially associated with divertissement for THE NUTCTRACKER since its 1892 premiere.
Posted 16 September 2009 - 10:58 PM
Act II Divertissements
Chocolate, Spanish Dance. 3/4 from 64 to 80 bars.
Coffee. Arabian. The Kingdom of Yemen. (Coffee Mocha)
Eastern Dance from 24 to 32 bars of cloying and bewitching music
Tea. allegretto of the Chinese type, little bells, etc: 48 bars.
Trepak, for the end of the dance, turning on the floor.(Obrouchky)
Quick 2/4. 64 bars.
Dance of the Flutes.
Tempo Polka, 64 to 90 bars. They dance, playing on little pipes made of reed, with bobbles on the ends.
Dance of the 32 Buffoons, with Mere Cigogne and her little children climbing out of her skirts and the head.
64 bars, 2/4 accentuaded rythm, not fast, which combines with 48 bars, 3/4 for the entrance of Mere Cigogne and her children jumping out of her skirt. Then 2/4 becoming much quicker, from 32 to 48 bars. At the end a group with Mere Cigogne in the middle of the Bufoons. A Grand Ballabile!
...then, Petipa's notes proceed with the Valse des Fleurs FOR 36 DANSEURS AND 36 DANSEUSES, dressed like flowers who carry a large bouquet and present it to the Prince and his Bride, followed by the Grand PDD-(complete with the two variations and Coda)-and the final Grandiose Andante.
Posted 17 September 2009 - 12:38 AM
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