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    I don't witness too much ballet, but on music alone, ravel's mother goose (the full ballet score being particularly great), ranks very high for me, followed by Daphnis and Chloe....the most beautiful score yet to be composed. Scythian suite is a great, great score and for the rite I actually enjoy the choreography as it appears on the Nijinsky replication, though apparently this may be less violent than the original......oh yeah, the music is good too.

    Fun fact, the rioting at the premier of the rite had almost nothing to do with the music, but the substance matter of the ballet and the choreography.....very few of the reviews penned even mentioned the music.

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    the rite of spring. i know, an obvious one, but it is really the only one i have seen, i'll admit.

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    I really enjoy Stravinsky's ballets the best... they seem to be rather angular and very beautiful in its experimental nature. Definitely revolutionary.

    Rameau is a close second of course.
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    Swan Lake! I also love Serenade for Strings.

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    Swan Lake is still my favorite, but I really love Sleeping Beauty. My only issue with it, though, is that the final act feels a bit "tacked on". This is in contrast to Swan Lake's final act that makes use of motifs from earlier in the ballet, whereas Sleeping Beauty's final act includes entirely new material that doesn't seem have any relation to the themes and motifs we've heard earlier. Additionally, the grand finale is an adaptation of a French folk song. It just seems to have little to do with the rest of the ballet. Just a minor negative to an otherwise amazing work, however.

    As a side note, is Sleeping Beauty one of the longest orchestral works there is? It's 2 hours and 45 minutes long in its full form--there are longer operas and oratorios, of course, but surely it has to be one of the longest entirely orchestral works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post
    Woot! So glad this is a subforum!

    I'm not sure I have a favorite ballet. I have a favorite dozen.

    But it's on my bucket list to see a Glazunov ballet, here in the US. I just might see Swan Lake this winter, but if I ever see Raymonda or the Seasons as a ballet, that would be awesome. Also, Firebird would be great to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post
    I said this 2 years ago...... yes, it was a dream... but now it's come TRUE!!! Hallelujah! <3 <3 <3


    I'll say it for the record... my next bucket list wish is to actually perform a Glazunov work, in an orchestra as a flutist. You could say this motivates me today to keep on chugging along to be a professional flutist. The odds are slim, but not impossible. Then I can die in peace, perhaps.
    The Seasons and the scherzo of the Third Symphony would be wonderful vehicles for a flutist (deliciously employed for the instrument, although demanding all the same).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avey View Post
    Um, does anyone have a copy of -- or even seen live -- Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe? I cannot find a DVD of the ballet --that being the physical, dance, optical form of the composition.

    A push in the right direction would be appreciated. Thanks.
    Here is Part 1 of 9 on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1XS...D07BC3AE0BE287

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    Giselle - Ballet van Adolphe Charles Adam.
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    I was a late convert (in my 50s) to ballet. At my request a friend took me to New York City Ballet (where her brother had been a principal). The first ballet we saw together was "Serenade." I'm not sure I would say it is my favorite, but it is the one I have seen the most in the years since.

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    I saw the Romeo and Juliet, the complete ballet for the 3rd time a week ago. I love the music!
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    I heard excerpts in November from Wiener Symphoniker and Dutoit.
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    My favorite is definitely the Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet. I was lucky enough to see it twice in New York City.
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    I trained at the School of American Ballet and danced with Balanchine companies; Serenade has always been one of my favorite ballets primarily because of the achingly beautiful music. It's a gorgeous ballet as well.

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    Serenade is my favorite, too! Gorgeous music and choreography.

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    I was going to insert a photo, but I couldn't pick just one.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=sere...yj22w0SI9jM%3A

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