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    Default Ludwig Minkus, d. 7 December 1917

    Please raise a glass today to the memory of Ludwig Minkus who died exactly 100 years ago.

    You will probably know his music from Don Quixote, La bayadère, Act 1 and the final scene of La source (co-written with Delibes) and some of the best-known parts of Paquita. During a long collaboration with Marius Petipa he wrote the music for many other ballets.

    Don Quixote and La bayadère are produced increasingly frequently around the world these days. In my own country, the UK, one of them at least is seen virtually every year when the Bolshoi or Mariinsky companies put on seasons in London.

    Access to his Russian state pension having been cut off during the First World War, Minkus died in poverty and obscurity in Vienna on 7 December 1917. Sad to relate, his earthly remains were later scattered to the winds when the Nazis took over Austria and destroyed Vienna's Jewish cemeteries. His irresistibly foot-tapping and danceable music nonetheless remain as his memorial.

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    maybe the only composer ever to die in true poverty...

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    Like most people I first heard Don Quixote on John Curry’s Olympic skating gold medal performance 1976, but it was ages before I found a copy of the LP. I went to see the Northern Ballet in Sheffield in the 1980s and was really disappointed, the orchestra wasn’t very good and whole thing was actually rather boring. I have listened to some other pieces by Minkus but nothing else has that immediate appeal for me.

    Here’s John Curry in his exhibition performance, the actual medal-winning one isn’t available.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mg3Hv1PfQ2g
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    I'm surprised that you found it boring. Here's a full Mariinsky performance from about 10 years ago. Act 1 opens at 4:35 and, from that point on, I invite you to reassess your earlier verdict! I'll be surprised and disappointed if you still find it dull!

    https://youtu.be/ucxP2Y-ak6Y
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    DON QUIXOTE MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV E CINTHIA HARVEY AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
    I like this one , but I do have a soft spot for Mr Baryshnikov as a artist.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    I'm surprised that you found it boring. Here's a full Mariinsky performance from about 10 years ago. Act 1 opens at 4:35 and, from that point on, I invite you to reassess your earlier verdict! I'll be surprised and disappointed if you still find it dull!

    https://youtu.be/ucxP2Y-ak6Y
    You’re quite right, it’s wonderful! I must have been particularly unlucky.

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    I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it. Now I hope that you'll join me in raising that glass - possibly a wee dram in your own case!

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    I agree with you too.

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    It's quite irresistible, I think. That particular Mariinsky performance, starring Novikova and Sarafanov, is available on DVD (though sadly not on Blu-ray).

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