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  1. Abatt and Vipa, why are the See The Music lectures so distasteful? Specifically, most people do not understand Webern's music so an attempt to explain his principles might be useful before watching Episodes. More generally, an understanding of music is at the root of Balanchine's structural organization and these brief talks might help elucidate this.

  2. Pherank, from the DVD notes:

    The participants as listed are: Diana Adams, Violette Verdy, Jiliana, Francia Russell,

    Todd Bolender, Arthur Mitchell, Richard Rapp, Roy Tobias, Susan Borree, Carole Fields, Marlene Mesavage and "The Identity of the twelfth dancer cannot be determined."

    So first section is everyone available (with Adams and Verdy out front amongst the females),

    II. Sarabande-step: Bolender. Gaillarde: Jiliana and Russell. Coda: all three;

    III. Bransle simple: Rapp and Tobias. Bransle gay: Verdy. Bransle double: all three.

    IV. Pas-de-deux: Adams and Mitchell. Four duos: four males + four principal females. Four trios: everyone

  3. I agree the Goldberg is too long; I don't think it should be cut, because it is a great composition and needs to be played in its entirety or you lose the structural genius that it is, But Robbins takes most of the repeats, which most concert performances do not. The usual concert performance is about 40-50 minutes, not 80-85,. I get that by taking the musical repeats Robbins gets to do something different with the dance during the repeat. Also I thought the clapping that increased as the performance went on was very disruptive. Cameron had to wait several times between pieces and that disrupts the musical flow. Someone told me that back in the day the audience was asked not to applaud until the piece was over. Not sure of the source on this.

  4. Natalia, I rarely disagree with Macaulay's facts as presented (I did not see the Mariinsky at BAM so I don't know about this particular topic). I was referring to his (now infrequent) angry outbursts which illuminated his state of mind more than the topic he was discussing.

  5. I also was given Saturday night's program for Sunday afternoon. When I told the usher she said "that's not possible; the programs are not recycled". I showed her the evidence, and others came up to her with the same problem. I think Vipa described yesterday's performance very well.

  6. Amour, you might consider Balanchine's view of Stravinsky's music (and he was referring to Agon) when he said Stravinsky was the master of creating time in very small units. In other words time is compressed, the melodies are short and angular, but a pulse is always present. So different from Tchaikovsky's music, where time is created over large expanses.

  7. Most of you already know this, but it is a good story worth repeating: This symphony was Bizet's graduation exercise at age 17. He self-suppressed it, thinking it sounded too much like his teacher Gounod's Symphony in D Major (there is a resemblance but stylistically it doesn't resemble Gounod very much at all). In the 1930's the manuscript was found in a French (or Swiss?) library and brought to the attention of Stravinsky, who told Balanchine he should get the rights to choreograph it, which eventually happened.

  8. I have only seen it at NYCB where they would probably not need to include that note.

    AlbanyGirl, thanks for posting the videos, for their brief lifespan here. Comparing the two versions is already very interesting. For starters, the POB 4th movement is 50% longer than the NYCB 1973 Berlin filming.

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