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What's your favorite "Ballet Waltz"?summer trivia


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#1 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 08:27 AM

Being a huge fan of waltzes has made me love certain sections of given ballet scores. Tchaikovsky's "Big Three" all have beautiful ones...(my # 1 favorite being the # 2 number in Act I of the '77 Swan Lake score: "Waltz: Tempo di Valse" ). Minkus also seems to had been a fan-("Bayadere","DQ") . Are you also fond of them?

[size=3]What's your favorite "ballet waltz"...? [/size] :flowers:

#2 papeetepatrick

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 08:38 AM

Black Swan Waltz (although I don't think it's called that), that's like pure Champagne. And all the Ravel Waltzes in Balanchine's and Ashton's 'La Valse' (they both have 'La Valse', but Balanchine's also has 'Valses Nobles et Sentimentales'.)

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 09:57 AM

And all the Ravel Waltzes in Balanchine's and Ashton's 'La Valse'...


Oh, Patrick...glad you reminded me of B's ballets!. (How did I skip him...?) Glinka's "Valse Fantaisie" is also right there all the way on top! :) (been playing it lately a lot while driving.. :wub: )

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 11:40 AM

The Sleeping Beauty waltz and the Valse Lente from Sylvia. And the Liebeslieder Walzer. Impossible to only pick one ballet waltz :) !

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 05:07 PM

I have always loved the waltz in the middle of Tudor's Lilac Garden, it was very inspiring to dance to it. My other favorites are in Mr. B's Raymonda Variations (at the beginning of the ballet) and the pas des fiancees in Act 3 of Swan Lake.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 06:41 PM

Ashton's "Voices of Spring" waltz.

#7 Mel Johnson

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 03:31 AM

If I have to pick only one, it's Delibes' "Naîla" waltz, whether it's choreographed, or just used as an entr'acte.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 06:26 AM

Rosenkavalier section of Vienna Waltzes......

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 08:09 AM

The "Vot tak surpriz" waltz and chorus from Tschaikovsky's opera "Eugene Onegin." It's not strictly a ballet waltz, although John Taras made a lovely dance for some SAB students to it way back in 1981 for a Tschaikovsky Festival group effort called "Tempo di Valse."

Once you hear it you just can't get it out of your brain. Dum DA di dum dum, dum dum dum da da da da da ... now I'll be humming it for hours and might even attempt a swirl or two on my way to the kitchen for another cup of coffee.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 08:19 AM

Rosencavalier section of Vienna Waltzes......


Have to admit that's pretty irresistible, all long white gloves and the rest. I much prefer it in this environment than in the opera, which I find an irritating and contrived work despite the music. Here. it's as if the Johann Strauss and Lehar waltzes find their fulfillment in the Rosenkavalier, and you don't even have to think of Octavian.

#11 Paul Parish

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 08:59 AM

o Christian, this is IMPOSSIBLE! How to choose!!!

But here goes -- to actually dance to, there's nothing that tops Invitation to the Waltz (Spectre de la Rose) --it makes you want to fly, you just get carried away on it. The spring is in the music,

To hear, or to see in the theater, the waltz from Serenade sweeps me up. it's so beautiful.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:09 AM

The Waltx from Serenade is divine. Darci was totally inside this music the several times I saw her do it.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:43 PM

I second Juliet's Rosenkavalier Waltz, but I also love, more than any of the other waltzes in Liebeslieder (what a rich vein of waltzes there!) the slow "pushing" waltz in Part I currently danced by Wendy Whelan plus one, the duet with the backbends.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 08:39 PM

O yes, that is gorgeous!
Delibes is unbelievably beautiful.
So is the slow waltz from Sylvia, the kind of thing you have to call ravishing

(Comes after the intermezzo on that clip, about one minute into it)

If I have to pick only one, it's Delibes' "Naîla" waltz, whether it's choreographed, or just used as an entr'acte.



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Posted 13 June 2010 - 09:22 AM

There are some lovely suggestions already, but my personal favourites are the waltz from the 1st act of Raymonda, and the one at the very end of the Nutcracker (so not the waltz of the flowers). :sweatingbullets:


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