Why is every one so hard on Minkus and co.?
Posted 14 July 2002 - 02:19 PM
Posted 14 July 2002 - 02:38 PM
I also think it matters how the music is conducted -- both conductor and orchestra. I've heard "Giselle" and "Coppelia" played by Danish conductors where both scores sound far more rich and, well, serious than they usually do, and I've think Russian conductors get more out of not only Minkus, but Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, than non-Russian ones. (Yes, it's a generalization, but I've never heard the Tchaikovsky ballets, nor Romeo and Juliet, nor Raymonda conducted the way Bolshoi and Kirov conductors can do it.) Tempi, coloration, dynamics -- the whole 9 yards.
Posted 14 July 2002 - 02:50 PM
I think I'll form the "Drinkus Defense League", dedicated to the appreciation and enjoyment of musique dansant, as of Drigo and Minkus, hence the name. We can have great big buttons made up that say, "I LIKE LUDWIG", the cognoscenti will think it means that other Ludwig, the deef feller, and leave us be until we nail down a corner of the Met bar for ourselves and start loudly singing the overture from Don Quixote "La-La(tr), La-La(tr), Dumpty-Dumpty-Dumpty-Dumpty-Daaaa-Dump!"
Posted 14 July 2002 - 04:33 PM
Posted 14 July 2002 - 04:36 PM
Posted 14 July 2002 - 04:45 PM
Posted 14 July 2002 - 06:29 PM
Posted 15 July 2002 - 03:13 AM
Sullivan had an unfortunate desire to be "taken seriously", so grand operas like Ivanhoe, and the Irish Symphony tend to show the law of diminishing returns at work. As he strove mightily with them, they became worse and worse. The stuff he just dashed off spontaneously was his best! Did you know that, like Mozart, Sullivan composed straight to orchestral score?
Posted 15 July 2002 - 08:04 AM
Posted 15 July 2002 - 12:44 PM
just near the Opera Garnier called "Auber", and also Meyerbeer is one of the composers whose names are listed on the facade of the Opera Garnier (I don't remember the others, but will try to note it next time I'm on the place de l'Opera).
Posted 15 July 2002 - 01:27 PM
Posted 15 July 2002 - 01:33 PM
(Vaudevilles were ballets that incorporated popular songs in their scores to cue the action. )
Posted 23 September 2002 - 08:40 PM
Posted 27 September 2002 - 09:59 AM
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