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"Haunting" ballet melodies.


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#1 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:26 AM

Have you found yourself humming over and over a certain ballet tune right post performance and for many days after...? Do you find that you can't get it out of your head...? Is it a very catchy, "dansante" melody...? Could it be that you're even able to get a hold on any Stravinsky's ballet tune...? (not me certainly...)

My "regulars" are usually:

1-Adagio from Sugarplum Fairy Grand PDD.
2-Rose Adagio
3-Waltz/duet from Chopiniana.
3-The tune that goes along the peasant cross formation-(or a single line as in Cuba)-dancing in Giselle's Act I
4-Glinka's main theme of Valse Fantaisie
5-Coppelia's mazurka
6-Giselle's "Initiation" scene.
7-Aurora's first entrance music.
8-Swan Lake overture.

I'm sure there are many others, but those are my top picks...

Which are yours...?

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#2 JMcN

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:20 AM

Absolutely - and not just after a performance. Often while driving something pops into my head and sometimes it's already there when I wake up.

Frequent ones are:

Reconciliation duet from Two Pigeons
Mazurka from Coppelia
Rose Adagio

#3 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:22 PM

Mazurka from Coppelia
Rose Adagio


Oh, so we have two in common then...! Posted Image

#4 Kerry1968

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:25 PM

Have you found yourself humming over and over a certain ballet tune right post performance and for many days after...? Do you find that you can't get it out of your head...? Is it a very catchy, "dansante" melody...? Could it be that you're even able to get a hold on any Stravinsky's ballet tune...? (not me certainly...)

My "regulars" are usually:

1-Adagio from Sugarplum Fairy Grand PDD.
2-Rose Adagio
3-Waltz/duet from Chopiniana.
3-The tune that goes along the peasant cross formation-(or a single line as in Cuba)-dancing in Giselle's Act I
4-Glinka's main theme of Valse Fantaisie
5-Coppelia's mazurka
6-Giselle's "Initiation" scene.
7-Aurora's first entrance music.
8-Swan Lake overture.

I'm sure there are many others, but those are my top picks...

Which are yours...?

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When I read the title of this thread, I thought the OP meant actual "hunting melodies," as for instance the Hunters' Choruses from Der Freischutz, and Charpentier's Acteon :)

Melodies I often hum:

(1) Le Spectre de la Rose (Weber/Berlioz - Invitation to the Dance)
(2) Giselle - all of Myrtha's music
(3) Swan Lake - grand adage from Act II
(4) Mazurka in D from Les Sylphides
(5) Swanilda's Act I entrance
(6) Pas d'esclave from Le Corsaire

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:22 PM

When I read the title of this thread, I thought the OP meant actual "hunting melodies," as for instance the Hunters' Choruses from Der Freischutz, and Charpentier's Acteon Posted Image


Maybe someone could kindly change the title of the thread to "haunting" which is what I assume it should be?

#6 bart

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:17 PM


When I read the title of this thread, I thought the OP meant actual "hunting melodies," as for instance the Hunters' Choruses from Der Freischutz, and Charpentier's Acteon Posted Image

Maybe someone could kindly change the title of the thread to "haunting" which is what I assume it should be?

Done! Thanks Kerry and Aurora for pointing out the typo.

In the meantime, it's a good topic, and one that gives us the chance to think about melodies that stick in the mind. In my case, most of these tend to be slow rather than fast. For example:

-- the adagio from the Second Movement of Bizet's Symphony in C.
-- the berceuse (supplication dance) from Stravinsky's Firebird.

I associate both with the Balanchine choreography.

Am I right in thinking that "haunting" melodies can include those that drive us mad, taking over the auditory memory and pushing out almost everything else?. If so, I would have to include a bouncy 3/4 passage early in Act I of Giselle. It accompanies Giselle as she skips around the stage. When THAT little passage enters my brain, it's almost impossible to retrieve the rest of the Adam score, including the initiation scene which Cristian has put on his own list.

It goes: DUM di DUM di DUM di DUM ... di dah dah dah d-a-a-h ... di DUM --- followed by a series of fast little dahs. After a weekend of Giselles recently, it was with me almost continuously for nearly a week.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:37 PM

The music for Siegfrieds Act 1 variation ( I believe the Royal Ballet version) of Swan Lake I think is haunting, also the pas de deux in Macmillian's Manon and most of the score in his Mayerling. The tune I can't get rid of in my head is the melody right after the Black Swan pasde deux.

#8 Kerry1968

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:01 PM

Am I right in thinking that "haunting" melodies can include those that drive us mad, taking over the auditory memory and pushing out almost everything else?. If so, I would have to include a bouncy 3/4 passage early in Act I of Giselle. It accompanies Giselle as she skips around the stage. When THAT little passage enters my brain, it's almost impossible to retrieve the rest of the Adam score, including the initiation scene which Cristian has put on his own list.


I completely agree about bouncy 3/4 passages: a little after Zulma and Moyna's variations, Myrtha returns to some really bouncy music that can play in my brain for days on end. In fact, I'm thinking it right now. Arghh!

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:49 AM

When I read the title of this thread, I thought the OP meant actual "hunting melodies," as for instance the Hunters' Choruses from Der Freischutz, and Charpentier's Acteon Posted Image


Maybe someone could kindly change the title of the thread to "haunting" which is what I assume it should be?


Sorry about it, Aurora. I haven't mastered the foreign language completely.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 07:33 AM

The violin solo in Act II, White Swan scene
The piano solo in parts of Camellias
Several parts of Giselle, especially Act II entrechats

bart said:
"Am I right in thinking that "haunting" melodies can include those that drive us mad, taking over the auditory memory and pushing out almost everything else?."

Sometimes the visual remains, and sometimes it does not.

"Drive us mad?" - no, to tears

#11 Dale

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 07:43 AM

In addition to those mentioned, I would add to the haunted category: the Elegie from Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3 (actually, the first three movements are pretty "haunting"), the Sleepwalkers theme from La Sonnambula, the "Gold and Silver Waltz" from Vienna Waltzes, and the ending of Baiser de la Fee.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:10 AM

Some of my favorites include:

1) Adagio from The Sugar Plum Fairy Grand PDD
2) The "Growing Tree" theme from The Nutcracker Act I
3) Act II Adagio from Swan Lake
4) The Lilac Fairy theme in all its guises in Sleeping Beauty
5) The Pas d'Action with the cello solo from Act II Sleeping Beauty
6) The Panorama from Act II Sleeping Beauty
7) Adagio from Spartacus
8) The first Pas de Six from Act II Raymonda
9) The Overture to Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet
10) Farewell PDD from Act III Romeo & Juliet
11) Amoroso from Act III Prokofiev's Cinderella

#13 Nanarina

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:19 PM

Lots of music, gets me humming, depending on the most recent DVD I have watched, or performance I have seen.

Currently Variations from Manon (Massenet)
Le Baiser de la Fee (Stravinsky in the form of Tchkaivosky) " None but the lonely heart" & other themes. "De da dee dar dar, la da da da " la la laa la la and so on.
Les dame aux Camellias (Chopin)
Le Corsair pas de deau (which my mother loved and was played at her funeral)
Nutcracker pas de deux (Sugar Plun Fairy and Prince )
Lots more I cannot bring to mind!!!!

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:54 PM

When I read the title of this thread, I thought the OP meant actual "hunting melodies," as for instance the Hunters' Choruses from Der Freischutz, and Charpentier's Acteon Posted Image


Maybe someone could kindly change the title of the thread to "haunting" which is what I assume it should be?


Sorry about it, Aurora. I haven't mastered the foreign language completely.


Hey Cristian - I wish I were as idiomatic (and articulate) in ANY foreign language as you are in English :)

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:19 PM

Generally it's whatever I've seen recently, so right now it's Apollo and Carmina Burana. The tricky part is when I start to put them together...


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