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#1 Eileen

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 11:08 AM

Listening to Kurt Masur leading the NY Philharmonic today, particularly the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1, made me think of choreographing this music. Not that I am qualified to choreograph, but it made me want to dance. As Suki Schorer said of Balanchine at the Sunday program she led, Balanchine was inspired to create dances by music. Therefore the motto "see the music". Why haven't more symphonies been made into ballets? Look at Symphonie Fantastique - it comes complete with program. Alexei Ratmansky could do a lot with it, if he resisted the temptation to excessive melodrama or grotesquerie.

Any ideas for symphonies or concertos that are danceable? Perhaps the lack of fecundity in premieres is due to the use of esoteric and unmusical scores. Has the Mendelssohn Octet been choreographed?

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 11:24 AM

Has the Mendelssohn Octet been choreographed?


Yes. Peter Martins choreographed a ballet called "Octet" to that very music a few years ago.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 04:07 PM


Has the Mendelssohn Octet been choreographed?


Yes. Peter Martins choreographed a ballet called "Octet" to that very music a few years ago.


That's right, now I remember!


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