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Richard Jones

08-06-02, 09:03 PM (GMT)
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I've started this on a new thread, though it grows out of the one about BRB and 'Powder' (Mozart clarinet concerto). More than one of us on that thread feels fairly dismissive about Powder, and the comment was also made that ballet and Mozart don't mix. I haven't seen Balanchine's Mozartiana (for which the music is a Tchaikovsky tribute to Mozart, being T's arrangements of music by Mozart). Has anyone seen it? But that is Mozart re-presented by a composer who wrote music that calls out to be choreographed. What is it about Mozart and ballet? Does the combination work? After all, he did work with Noverre (and Angiolini with Gluck in the same era). Have there been any attempts to re-construct 18th century choreography, or the original Vigano interpretation of Beethoven's 'Creatures of Prometheus'? I remember that in the film of the play 'Amadeus' there is a glimpse of choreography for a short section from 'The Marriage of Figaro' (chor. by Twyla Tharp?) - that seemed very apt.


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  RE: Ballet and Mozart (+ others) Terry Amos 08-06-02 1
     RE: Ballet and Mozart (+ others) AEHandley 08-06-02 2
         RE: Ballet and Mozart (+ others) Richard Jones 09-06-02 3
  RE: Ballet and Mozart (+ others) MAB 10-06-02 4

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Terry Amos

08-06-02, 09:32 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ballet and Mozart (+ others)"
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   I hope it wont shock too many people if I confess that I find Mozart's music very dull. It all sounds the same. So the fewer Mozart ballets the better.

However, I did like Bintley's Galanteries.


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AEHandley

08-06-02, 10:44 PM (GMT)
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   >However, I did like Bintley's Galanteries.
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THis was the piece that confirmed my earlier suspicion (based on the Balanchine piece I think) that Mozart and ballet were completely incompatible. I've only seen it once, and it wasn't very well danced (scrappy is the word that springs to mind), but it was just not sympathetic to the music.

BTW it is commonly acknowledged that Mozart only had one tune - but it was damn good.


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Richard Jones

09-06-02, 09:53 AM (GMT)
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   I wasn't keen on Galanteries either. But that was based on the sort of occasional music that Mozart needed to produce for aristocratic entertainments; all very fashionable at the time. Even then I wasn't grabbed by it; perhaps you need something other than 18th century "bonbons" when you go to the theatre to watch a classical ballet company. Such musical confectionery is not up there with the likes of the clarinet concerto. I went to see Powder wondering what the choreography could add to such a fine example of mature Mozart. The answer was nothing - rather like songs that use wonderful poetry but add nothing to the expression already perfectly evident in the text.


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MAB

10-06-02, 10:41 AM (GMT)
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Have
>there been any attempts to
>re-construct 18th century choreography, or
>the original Vigano interpretation of
>Beethoven's 'Creatures of Prometheus'?


Ashton created a ballet to Beethoven's "Creatures of Prometheus" in the late '60's/early '70's. Whether or not it was a reconstruction, I'm not sure, but the sets and costumes were certainly in the theatrical style of the 18th century.

Sadly the ballet was not a popular success and failed to maintain a place in the repertoire. I only saw the ballet once and seem to remember Brenda Last and Kerrison Cooke in the leading roles. Am I the only poster to have seen this ballet?


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