Poll: Best Ballet Composer
Posted 09 April 2002 - 12:59 PM
I voted for Stravinsky, because he wrote so many scores for 20th century masterpieces, with such a diverse range.
Posted 08 April 2002 - 05:21 PM
Posted 14 April 2002 - 09:44 AM
I'd also nominate J.P.E. Hartmann, whose work is barely known outside of Denmark, as an excellent composer of ballets. He's somewhere between Delibes and Tchaikovsky. Not in quality -- I'm not attempting to rank -- but on the light-dark/deep scale.
Posted 09 April 2002 - 10:28 AM
Posted 08 April 2002 - 01:48 PM
I guess I tend to go with the atypical example. I don't know if Prokofiev is the "best ballet composer" but he's my favorite.
Posted 08 April 2002 - 06:00 AM
Since we're limited to six choices in a poll, I haven't had room for "Other," but if you think that someone not on the list is best, please name him and explain why in a post. And the rest of you who do vote, please tell us why you voted as you did.
Posted 13 April 2002 - 09:11 PM
Originally posted by Paul Parish
OF the composers NOT on the list, I'd have to say that Bach is very danceable, Mozart is not -- Concerto Barocco is proof
Gosh, and Divertimento No. 15 isn't? ;)
In all seriousness, I think that even when the composer is long dead, there is a partnership between the choreographer and composer, and it's that suitability that we judge, thinking we're only looking at the composer. Balanchine pronounced Beethoven unchoreographable, and for him, indeed it was, his heaviness was completely unsuited to Balanchine, ditto Les Noces, another piece Balanchine said was unchoreographable.
Posted 08 April 2002 - 02:08 PM
If the next poll is "who is the worst composer of a ballet still performed?" I think I know who'd win.
Posted 05 May 2002 - 07:32 PM
I too find this Divertimento sublime (at its best, in the adagio); and Taper, Balanchine's biographer, writes that Balanchine was "in a kind of rapture" about this music at Caracole's premiere.
Nevertheless, my vote is for Stravinsky - another admirer of Mozart's music, BTW - for the enormous range and superb quality of the scores he wrote for dancing.
Posted 25 April 2002 - 04:46 PM
I feel the same about Mozart as Paul, interestingly enough. This is probably because somewhere in the back of my head I remember hearing a story about how Balanchine felt that his music was "perfect" and that he would not be able to do it justice with choreography. Divertimento #15 was considered "lesser" Mozart- if you can believe that. I find that music sublime. Anyway- forgive me if my memory is faulty about the story- but I have heard this somewhere.
Posted 09 April 2002 - 11:05 AM
Posted 09 April 2002 - 07:47 AM
My vote extends only to ballet music and this poll. Overall, I believe the best composer was JS Bach. I can hardly wrap my mind around the idea that he was even human - his music so moves me. Every note is so unpredictable and yet so inevitable at the same time. I know that's a bit off topic, but I had to mention him.
Posted 08 April 2002 - 06:14 PM
Posted 10 April 2002 - 09:37 AM
I think I just dont vote... if I cant vote for more htan one...
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