Carelessness re: music for ballets
Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:52 AM
"Ballet companies routinely slight the music (as do many critics in reviews), so Pennsylvania Ballet isn’t the first to commit this small crime. But isn’t it reasonable to expect one art form to be respectful of another? 'Music is the floor we dance on,' said Balanchine. Do the musicians in the pit contribute less to the experience than dancers on stage?"
The interview with the Company's PR person and with the music arranger/composer show them in a poor light.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:25 PM
Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:20 AM
I will concede that dance is of course often overlooked in music and art discussions (i.e., Big Art Books about the Ballets Russes will sometimes neglect to say anything about the choreographers involved).
Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:46 PM
But I do know that in some cases, artists who cannot afford to pay royalties to copyright owners hope that they can fly under the radar by not including that kind of identification.
I don't know that Dobrin really had this goal in mind, but I thought the interview with Niel DePonte included a great description of the task arrangers face when they are compiling and combining disparate works, making a whole out of independent parts. Some of the most beautiful works in the ballet repertory include compiled and arranged scores, but this is one of the more detailed discussions I've seen of the process.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:51 PM
And it was proved several times in the twentieth century that dance can stand on it's own without costumes, lighting or music...
Jerome Robbins' "Moves," is a well-known example.
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