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    I was surprised when I first came to this forum that there wasn't a subsection for ballet, because it really is one of my favorite things about music. I'm not a dancer myself, but I adore watching it and all aspects of ballet.

    I think it's really hard for me not to choose The Rite of Spring as my favorite ballet (obviously I have other favorites, but I have to run to class right now), but I'm curious as to what you guys all enjoy!

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    There's no way for me to really answer this question without getting in a lot of trouble.

    Suffice it to say I like some modern dance, but very little, if any, classical ballet. Some of the music is nice, though.

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    Nutcarcker - Gayaneh - Namouna.

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    Stravinsky.
    «Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.»

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    Le sacre, Petrushka, Daphnis et Chloe.
    Allüberall und ewig blauen licht die Fernen! Ewig ... ewig ...

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    Ballet had been served in a quite uneven way by Classical Music composers.
    In Baroque, it was a favourite subject, but it has very little to do with what we know as Classic Ballet in the romantic era and onwards. Some major Classical composers composed "Ballet" music (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert), which is wonderful music but has little to do with Ballet. Opera composers too (Verdi's Ballet sections in Aida is something quite viable, for instance).
    Anyway, as for me, I trust the unique contribution of Tchaikovsky (in the three Grand ones), Minkus' dedication and sensitivity, Khachaturian's emotional power and beauty, Shostakovich's humour and inventiveness and Stravinsky's (in his trio of masterpieces; it's not only the "Rite") for his "misbehaving" revolutionary creative attitude to the genre.
    However, my very favourite (a very personal/emotional) choice is Prokofiev's superb Romeo and Juliet. For me, it has it all, in perfect doses!

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    I have to give another vote to Romeo and Juliet. Superb. (music only, the only ballet I've actually seen live is the Nutcracker.) Daphnis et Chloe is wonderful also.

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    I can't say enjoy watching ballet, though I prefer listening to ballet music than I do opera. I would give another thumbs up to Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, particularly Lorin Maazel's Cleveland recording.

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    Appalachian Spring - Copland (Martha Graham version)

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    With a few exceptions (Delibes, Lalo, Tchaikovsky) most ballet music prior to the 20th century was deliberately "lowest common denominator" bland. This was to not upstage the dance, which was what audiences cared about (or at least what ballet masters and dancers cared about).

    (Aside: In the 1970s Decca had to figure out what to do with conductor Richard Bonynge, whom they were contractually obligated to because he was Joan Sutherland's husband. They had him record a bunch of unmemorable 19th c. ballet scores by the likes of Adolphe Adam, etc.)

    After Tchaikovsky, ballet scores as real music began to flourish: Stravinsky's Big Three (plus Pulcinella), Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin, Ravel's Daphnis . . ., Prokofiev, Copland, Satie (sort of), and it became legitimate musical art form. If I were forced to pick a favorite from the above, I'd choose Romeo and Juliet also.

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    I never could sit still for ballet on video until I got an HD projection system with a ten foot screen. I got the bluray of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet with Rojo and Acosta and it totally blew me away. It's like opera in the sense that just listening o it is just half the story, and watching on a small screen doesn't do it justice. I'm totally a born again ballet fan now.

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    I got at least a dozen favorites, but the Russians are typically my favorite. Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, they are my biggies. Prokofiev's Cinderella and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, and Glazunov's Raymonda are at the top for me.
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    My favorite ballet hasn't been written yet. I should get around to it some time.

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    I don't enjoy watching ballet but tend to enjoy listening to the scores. Maybe this will change when I get a 10 foot HD ego inflater of my own.

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    To my own surprise, I find that I enjoy ballet pretty well.

    My favorite to listen to must be The Rite of Spring, but to see, I have take Giselle.
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