Musical Scores for Midsummer Night's Dreams
Posted 05 July 2001 - 08:43 AM
I was pleasantly surprised with the recently-broadcasted (A&E TV in the USA) version by choreographer Heinz Spoerli for one of the German troupes (Dusseldorf, I think). The score is a blend of Mendelsohn's famous incidental music to 'Midsummer Night's Dream' with Philip Glass' intoxicating violin concerto. Very effective.
And what about the just-performed Neumeier version at POB? It is a full-evening-length ballet, so I am assuming that the score is much more than the Mendelsohn incidental music to 'Dream.' Can our POB regulars shed light on the kusic of the Neumeier version?
Posted 05 July 2001 - 12:39 PM
Posted 11 July 2001 - 12:49 PM
Have also seen Ashton's 'Dream' which is most beautiful (if shorter). Thanks, Doug for telling me about this post, and telephoning for information.
Posted 11 July 2001 - 12:51 PM
Posted 11 July 2001 - 03:10 PM
Jeannie - I haven't seen the Neumeier version, but recall reading in Going to the Dance that the Mendelssohn is mixed with music by Gyorgy Ligeti. (His music was used by Stanley Kubrick at the the end of 2001 and in Eyes Wide Shut and the music from the latter film was used by Christopher Wheeldon in Polyphonia)
Posted 11 July 2001 - 05:31 PM
Actually, I found the parts of the ballet on Ligeti's music extremely boring (musically and choreographically).
Posted 11 July 2001 - 09:12 PM
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