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Why is every one so hard on Minkus and co.?


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#16 John-Michael

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Posted 27 September 2002 - 11:39 AM

There is a Richard Bonygne cd of LE CORSAIRE in which the original score of Delibes is used for the Jardin Animee scene. In the ABT version everything is by Delibes (although reorchestrated) except for the two variations which I'm pretty sure are by Minkus. As for the pas de trois, the adagio and third variation are by Adam and the remainder by Drigo.

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Posted 27 September 2002 - 12:27 PM

But ABT doesn't use the original Medora variation in that scene--they interpolate one from Act III of Don Quixote. The original variation as done by the Kirov is shorter, starting in 3/4 time and changing to 2/4, and at a quicker tempo.

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Posted 27 September 2002 - 12:56 PM

The original LE PAS DE FLEURS was intro-waltz-adagio-interlude-variation-interlude-variation-coda. By 1899, variations from other ballets (PYGMALION and ADVENTURES OF PELLEUS) were being interpolated by Legnani and Olga Preo... Other variations have since been used. Today we hear Delibes' waltz, adagio, some of the interludes, and coda in a radically different orchestration than originally made in 1867.


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