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    Default Favorite Ballet Music

    What are you favorite ballets (either to watch, or only to listen to music from)? Some of my all-time favorite pieces of music are from ballet suites.

    Here are mine:

    Prokofiev:
    Cinderella
    Romeo & Juliet
    Tale of the Stone Flower

    Glazunov:
    The Seasons
    Raymonda

    Stravinsky:
    Firebird

    Shostakovich:
    The Bolt
    The Limpid Stream

    Tchaikovsky:
    Swan Lake

    Ravel:
    Daphnis et Chloe

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    From those that were not and won't be mentioned I must advocate Szymanowski's Harnasie, great ballet and one of very few successful examples of folk influence in non-romantic music. It's work of quality compareable with Stravinsky's - obviously not as influental and historically important but I dare say as original and masterful as Rite or Firebird.

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    I've listened to very little ballet music in my time, but I did listen to Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (the complete LSO/Gergiev recording) today and I loved it. I also love Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Swan Lake more than the Nutcracker. But it is to be said that I've only heard (and played, for that matter) the suite form Swan Lake, whereas I've heard all of the Nutcracker.
    Also, Stravinsky's Petrushka and The Rite.

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    Some of the above plus:

    VW - Job (although designated as a 'Masque For Dancing' - whatever the difference is).

    Bliss - Adam Zero.

    Also Copland's biggies.

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    Besides Job, Daphnis et Chloe, Tchaikovsky, and all the excellent Prokofiev and Stravinsky ballets (Chout by Prokofiev being especially fascinating, though somewhat unknown), I also really like the two ballets of Bartok, the Wooden Prince especially, and Debussy's very experimental Jeux. The Villa-Lobos ballets are really underrated too, and I rate Uirapuru and Amazonas almost as highly as I do Romeo and Juliet or the Rite.

    I've been meaning to get Harnasie for awhile now, actually. Schnittke's Peer Gynt is also high on my priority list.
    Last edited by Air; Dec-12-2010 at 09:45.
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