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'Track-by-track' story synopses for ballet music?If you want to understand and enjoy a ballet's narrative just by listening to an album...

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#1 goodpointe


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 01:08 AM

Hello all, I'm new to both the board and to ballet, so please make the usual n00b allowances. I was wondering if anybody here knows of a good source (preferably online) of detailed ballet synopses, where the synopsis is divided by each separate piece/number/track in the ballet? Obviously there would be some variation from recording to recording and production to production, but I hope that, for some of the classics at least, I can find a fairly universal piece-by-piece breakdown. For example, some ballet recordings' CD liner notes provide this for each track on the CD - "1. General Russian-themed celebratory dance, 2. The princess searches for the missing ring", etc. Thank you for your help.


(If you're curious as to why I'm asking: I've long been interested in musicals, and would like to further investigate other art forms that can use music to tell stories. I find I often enjoy listening to music and imagining the story, as much as  / more than seeing a visual interpretation. I can easily, legally download ballet albums online, but without a segmented synopsis I'm lost as to the specifics of what's going on for any given track.)

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