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Eugene

31-01-00, 11:43 PM (GMT)
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"Ballet set to Tapiola?"
 
   Has anyone set a ballet to Sibelius's Tapiola? It is ideal for a ballet-it is very moody and intense and has many very long drawn out melodic line (if not particularly tuneful). Moreover it has a shattering climax at the end which depicts a storm blowing through a winter forest scene. One could set it to ballet invoking some of the ancient Finnish Myths and Animals (black Swans, elf etc).

When I saw it concert last week I was shocked at the uneven playing by the London Philharmonic. it was worse the ROH despite the fact it is a concert orchestra and could attract some of the world best players. First time I walked out of a concert! It sounded better on CD.


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  RE: Ballet set to Tapiola? alison 02-02-00 1
     RE: Ballet set to Tapiola? Eugene 02-02-00 2
         RE: Ballet set to Tapiola? Jane S 04-02-00 3
  RE: Ballet set to Tapiola? jonathan 05-02-00 4
     RE: Ballet set to Tapiola? Anneliese 05-02-00 5

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alison

02-02-00, 01:17 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ballet set to Tapiola?"
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   Don't know whether Bintley may have used it in The Swan of Tuonela?


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Eugene

02-02-00, 07:41 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Ballet set to Tapiola?"
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   He might of -but as the Swan of Tuonela is another work by Sibelius he probably used that work . However it is a relatively short work it so it is probable additional music was incorporated into this ballet possibly Tapiola

I would love to see this ballet. Can anyone tell me more about it?


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Jane S

04-02-00, 04:14 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Ballet set to Tapiola?"
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   The music for Bintley's Swan of Tuonela consisted of:

The Oak Tree, from incidental music to The Tempest
En Saga
Ballade, op 11
Alla marcia from Karelia Suite
Scene from Historical Suite no.1
At the Drawbridge from Historical Suite no.2
Love Song from Historical Suite no.2
Lemminkainen in Tuonela
Lemminkainen's Homefaring
The Bard
Pohjola's Daughter
The Swan of Tuonela

(Thankyou, Dance & Dancers)

The premiere was in September 1982; it was David Bintley's first full-length work, and the leads were danced by Marion Tait and David Ashmole


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jonathan

05-02-00, 10:40 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Ballet set to Tapiola?"
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   >Has anyone set a ballet to Sibelius's
>Tapiola? It is ideal for
>a ballet-it is very moody and
>intense and has many very
>long drawn out melodic line (if
>not particularly tuneful

what is it about very moody, intense music with a long drawn out melodic line (if not particularly tuneful) that makes it ideal for a ballet?

I must caution you that anything you say may be taken down and used for discussion in a course on "what makes good ballet music?".


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Anneliese

05-02-00, 05:43 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Ballet set to Tapiola?"
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   But we know what makes good ballet music! Neat 4-bar phrases: once on the right leg, once on the left leg, assemble soutenu, attitude and hold!


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