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The Sarabande in Act III always fascinates me--it seems so different from the rest of the ballet, and I've never seen it (live or on DVD/video) performed. I know that notation seems to imply it WAS danced (right before the final Mazurka) at the original 1890 premier, but speculation seems to be it was probably dropped sometime within the first year (at the end of a LONG ballet, that's not too surprising). I also think that Nureyev in at least one version used it at the top of Act III. Are there other versions? And any opinions on this piece? (I find the music absolutely gorgeous--but, mind, I find most of Sleeping Beauty absolutely gorgeous :huh: )

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