Ballet and Schubert's Great C Major SymphonySymphony numbering is confusing
Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:59 AM
Leonid Massine and Salvador Dali's Labyrinth (1941) was choreographed to the Great C Major, and William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (1996) to the Great C Major's last movement. Are there other ballets using this music?
Last night I heard it live on NPR (Chicago Symphony/Muti) and, having had my initiation to ballet, it almost seems to me to be an imaginary ballet. Now Wagner called Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 "the apotheosis of the dance," but I hear the Schubert Great C Major as more choreographic. I can "see" large ensemble numbers, the laendler and waltzes and endlessly inventive marches. On Saturday I heard the National Arts Centre Orchetra perform Schubert's Symphony No. 3 under Pinchas Zukerman, who commented on how tricky Schubert can be for musicians -- I think partly because of his use of syncopation both obvious and subtle, at different levels of the metre.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:44 AM
Balanchine revisited Schubert's "The Wanderer" several times, but does not seem to have been attracted to his symphonies. I wonder why. He certainly must have known Schubert's work, and he was willing from time to time to choreograph to complete symphonies by other composers.
Is there such a thing that music that is TOO danceable, in too many ways? Can music actually be too rich for choreography? That might be one reason that great choreographers, like Balanchine, tend to to avoid such pieces.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:24 PM
At the end of the thread from 2009 below, there's a discussion about a possible DVD release of Massine's choreographed Beethoven Seventh Symphony. Does anyone know if it was released?
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