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Conducting for the Ballet


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#1 abatt

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 11:14 AM

This is a link to an interesting article about conducting for the ballet.  I thought the Bolshoi orchestra sounded more vibrant than any other ballet orchestra I've ever heard.  Also have to agree that certain Stravinsky music would be unbearable in concert, but is perfectly wonderful in the context of ballet.  

 

 

http://www.nytimes.c...&pgtype=article#



#2 DanielBenton

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 02:16 PM

Abatt, I'd be curious to know which Stravinsky scores you would find unbearable if forced to listen to them without benefit of dancing.

I do think Balanchine did Stravinsky (and 20th century "serious" music) a great service by adding dancing to his scores.



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Posted 01 August 2014 - 02:23 PM

Abatt, I'd be curious to know which Stravinsky scores you would find unbearable if forced to listen to them without benefit of dancing.
I do think Balanchine did Stravinsky (and 20th century "serious" music) a great service by adding dancing to his scores.


I can give you an example: Symphony in 3 Movements - Once I had seen the ballet, the music became vastly more interesting to me than when I had listened to it sans choreography. It's one of my favorite ballets now and I often listen to the music alone (although I desperately wish they would release a DVD of the complete ballet). ". . . hear the dance" and all that...


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