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#1 Ray

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 03:41 AM

I was thinking that a handful of Balanchine's ballets are made to music whose composer is explicitly referencing, if not outright adapting, the music of another.  Can you name them? Some are easy...and I've left out Hershey Kay's nods to Sousa and Gershwin. 

1)  Tchaikovsky's nod to Mozart

2)  Stravinsky's nod to Tchaikovsky

3)  Schoenberg's nod to Brahms

4)  Bizet's nod to Gounod

5)  Webern's nod to Bach

6)  Stravinsky's nod to Gesualdo

7)  Ravel's nod to Couperin

8)  In a very popular seasonal ballet, Tchaikovsky makes a nod to Schumann. 

 

Are there others I'm forgetting? 



#2 brokenwing

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:30 AM

Would Rieti's nod to Bellini be one?

#3 Ray

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:54 AM

Aha, yes!  Forgot that one. 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:13 AM

Stravinksy's Pergolesi

Stravinsky's Rimsky?

Gounod's Delibes?



#5 Ray

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:52 AM

I thought of Pulcinella ("Stravinsky's Pergolesi") too, but I think it was the Stravinsky scholar Richard Taruskin who showed that much of what Stravinsky attributed to Pergolesi was actually original material.  That nutty genius. 

 

For IS's Rimsky, do you mean Firebird?

 

And the Delibes--are you referring to the Faust music (Walpurgisnacht)?  In that case wouldn't it be Delibes' Gounod? 

 

Interesting! 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:44 AM

If this is a quiz show, can I be Kitty Carlisle?



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:38 PM

Of course Agon is Stravinsky's nod to Webern, Marsenne and others. But that is how composers often work - in 'conversation' with other admired composers and their themes. Still, I like your list.



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:42 PM

i'm unclear on the Pergolese & Stravinsky connection to Pulcinella but i think there's also an additional, less known composer in this mix, who may have composed the bits attributed to Pergolesi.

yes, i find FIREBIRD quite Rimsky-like.

as for the Gounod/Delibes equation, there is some suggestion that the ballet music for FAUST was written by Delibes but here is further suggestion that it is indeed Gounod's work but w/ help? inspiration? from Delibes who worked at the Opera Comique when Gounod was asked to add ballet music to his opera for Paris.

but, none of this is, as far as i understand it, definitive...



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:54 PM

Yes, pherank, I was trying to limit the list to more explicit nods.  Otherwise it would be, as you suggest, endless. 

And re Pulcinella:  Stravinsky was quite explicit about using Pergolesi as his source; I didn't know about who Pergolesi might have been borrowing from, though. 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:06 PM

If this is a quiz show, can I be Kitty Carlisle?

 

Only if I can be Dorothy Kilgallen..:)



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 03:34 PM

I've left out Hershey Kay's nods to Sousa and Gershwin.

For which I am grateful.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:12 PM

 

I've left out Hershey Kay's nods to Sousa and Gershwin.

For which I am grateful.

 

Me too.



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:16 PM

The real Sousa is so great when played with the original band instruments and without sappy violins, that it's criminal not to have used them, and the Kay arrangements make me want to attack him with a pitchfork.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:43 PM

Mozart's nod to Gluck (Making it Gluckiana instead of Mozartiana)

Schumann's nod to Clara Wieck in Davidsbundlertanze

 

Fred Allen



#15 Amy Reusch

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:48 PM

For number 8) isn't the nod debated?


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