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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenfer View Post
    I love ballet, I had trained to become a dancer until I shattered my ankle after that I couldn't continue. I have lots of ballet on DVD and Blu-ray and will write up a list of my favorites once I've finished what I'm doing. I have seen ballet in person in fact I go as often as I can often go several times to the same production on different nights.
    I'm really sorry about your ankle. I really wish that I could dance like that myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    Swan Lake is overrated, I agree.

    I forgot to mention my favourite ballet, Satie's Relâche.
    I've been wanting to check out Satie at some point. Into the wishlist!

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    Another beautiful ballet that you might not have heard before~

    La Sylphide, by Herman Løvenskiold. Considered the first Romantic ballet, its beautiful and ranges from light-hearted and gentle to pretty heavy and dark, like much of Tchaikovsky.

    I looked for a long time to find a truly good recording of this obscure gem, and I at last found one, packed in as a bonus on yet another recording of The Nutcracker:

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    The performance and sound quality on this recording are magnificent ^_^ Also, I bought this recording just for La Sylphide, but the recording of The Nutcracker is just as well recorded and performed. It is actually my favorite recording of The Nutcracker that I own (except for the Pas de Deux), and it really is just a spectacular rendition of the piece, very exciting performances

    (btw, Lovenskiold's masterpiece seems to be very neglected, this is one of only 2 recordings I could find commercially available. I actually first heard the music because parts of the ballet are featured in an episode of Princess Tutu)

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    My only beef with ballet is that Mozart never really composed one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stomanek View Post
    My only beef with ballet is that Mozart never really composed one.
    D: OH! The Tragedy!

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    That would be your beef with Mozart and his employers then

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    Sorry to double post. But I'm listening to Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet for the second time and it really is a great work!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurningDesire View Post
    I'm really sorry about your ankle. I really wish that I could dance like that myself.
    Thank you but it was a long time ago and I was young, now it does not bother me so much. Although I'd still love to dance I can dance for a short while - alone with the cat - just not for long. What's really important is that I manged to keep the figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenfer View Post
    Thank you but it was a long time ago and I was young, now it does not bother me so much. Although I'd still love to dance I can dance for a short while - alone with the cat - just not for long. What's really important is that I manged to keep the figure.
    Maybe I can write a brief ballet for you :3

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    Hmmm, that is not a genre I'm very familiar with. And the familiairity that I do have is for the musical part only (I absolutely do not have any knowledge about the dances), does anyone of you have? And do you balletlovers view the music apart from the dance or?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bas View Post
    Hmmm, that is not a genre I'm very familiar with. And the familiairity that I do have is for the musical part only (I absolutely do not have any knowledge about the dances), does anyone of you have? And do you balletlovers view the music apart from the dance or?
    I confess I'm not terribly versed in dance, though I know some of the terms. I love it both ways. I love the music and I love the dance and I love them combined and separate.

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    I really can't stand the Nutcracker, but Tchaikovsky's other efforts in ballet are magnificent, and I never get bored with them.

    A ballet score I'd like to recommend to one and all is Alfred Schnittke's take on Peer Gynt. It is a typically bizarre and dark score with Schnittke's usual trappings of odd juxtapositions of form, period style and instrumentation, and it is glorious. It also contains some of his most intense moments, I feel.

    Also, if you can track it down, the complete version of Frank Zappa's Sinister Footwear is a programmatic stage piece with dancers and puppets. Sadly there does not seem to be any extant video footage of its fully staged performance under Kent Nagano, which is also the only time all 25 minutes were played and recorded.

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    What my problem is I can't see how it is enjoyable actually watching a ballet. Watching dancers on stage doesn't appeal to me or entertain me. The music is what I enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crudblud View Post
    I really can't stand the Nutcracker, but Tchaikovsky's other efforts in ballet are magnificent, and I never get bored with them.

    A ballet score I'd like to recommend to one and all is Alfred Schnittke's take on Peer Gynt. It is a typically bizarre and dark score with Schnittke's usual trappings of odd juxtapositions of form, period style and instrumentation, and it is glorious. It also contains some of his most intense moments, I feel.

    Also, if you can track it down, the complete version of Frank Zappa's Sinister Footwear is a programmatic stage piece with dancers and puppets. Sadly there does not seem to be any extant video footage of its fully staged performance under Kent Nagano, which is also the only time all 25 minutes were played and recorded.
    I must hear Schittke's Peer Gynt. I love that man <3 Also, I've noticed that many of Zappa's works are meant to be ballets, or have been treated as so, Mo N' Herb's Vacation, Lumpy Gravy, Bob in Dacron, the orchestral version of G-Spot Tornado as performed by Ensemble Modern. I think thats Stravinsky's influence at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    What my problem is I can't see how it is enjoyable actually watching a ballet. Watching dancers on stage doesn't appeal to me or entertain me. The music is what I enjoy.
    The music is most important to me too, but the dancing can be so beautiful too Whether its the grace of Romantic ballet, or the brutality of something like the Rite of Spring. Even various other sorts of dance, like waltzes, or swing, or flamenco or tango can be very beautiful. ^^
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