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    Nureyev was a terrible coreographer! Should have stuck to dancing only!

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    Love Romeo and Juliet with Nureyev and Fonteyn.

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    The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, The Firebird, Pulcinella & Apollo by Stravinsky, Jeux by Debussy and Daphnis et Chloé by Ravel.

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    The Rite of spring by igor stravinsky

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    If you are going to give a favorite ballet as opposed to favorite ballet music, then you need to specify which choreography where applicable. For example, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet exists in many including Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton and John Cranko, all of which are quite different from each other. Even in the classic classics such as Swan Lake, there are notable difference even in how it ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    Ashton/Lanchbery/Herold - La Fille Mal Gardee
    Macmillan/Joplin etc. - Elite Syncopations
    I bought the Decca Analog 50 box several years ago. The Lanchbery recording of excerpts from "La Fille Mal Gardee" was included. I must have listened to it once (probably as background music) previously. Last night I was in the mood for light classical, and I decide to pass on Rossini overtures* in favor of the Lanchbery! Wow! The music is light - lighter than Rossini - but the sound. I had long forgotten that the LP version of this recording was a "Best of the Bunch" on Harry Pearson's SuperDisc list. I've never heard the vinyl, so I can't compare, but the CD was nothing to sneeze at. I've never seen the ballet, but I will seek out a performance.

    *Actually, the Herold/Lanchbery score is a patchwork and includes a bit of Rossini.

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    I used to like Tchaikovsky ballets but they aren't deep enough for my tastes and I went searching for something better. I found the Rite of Spring and at first I absolutely HATED IT!!!!!! Before than I hadn't listened to much post-1900 music and was thoroughly Romantic. But as I listened to it more and more I began to understand it's originality, amazing orchestration, and brilliant new orchestral techniques. But still, I wouldn't really count the Rite of Spring as my favorite ballet, because I've never actually seen the ballet version, just heard the concert piece. So my favorite actual ballet would probably be the Firebird- what a beautiful piece of music! I LOVE THE FINALE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    I used to like Tchaikovsky ballets but they aren't deep enough for my tastes...So my favorite actual ballet would probably be the Firebird- what a beautiful piece of music! I LOVE THE FINALE!
    how is Firebird any deeper than Tchaikovsky ballets?

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    as far as meaning goes, that might be Petroushka, rather then Firebird.

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    I agree that the Firebird isn't as meaningful as Petrouchka, but I also think it has more depth than the Tchaikovsky ballets. The Tchaikovsky ballets are more of a string of waltzes, marches, and other dances, whereas The Firebird has several beautiful motifs. I still enjoy listening to the Tchaikovsky ballets, but that is for easy listening. If I want to analyze a ballet I will either do The Firebird or Petrouchka (I still think of the Rite of Spring as a concert piece). Another example of a ballet that is a set of dances would be Pulcinella by Stravinsky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    I agree that the Firebird isn't as meaningful as Petrouchka, but I also think it has more depth than the Tchaikovsky ballets. The Tchaikovsky ballets are more of a string of waltzes, marches, and other dances, whereas The Firebird has several beautiful motifs. I still enjoy listening to the Tchaikovsky ballets, but that is for easy listening. If I want to analyze a ballet I will either do The Firebird or Petrouchka (I still think of the Rite of Spring as a concert piece). Another example of a ballet that is a set of dances would be Pulcinella by Stravinsky.
    If you really want to get adventurous give a listen to (or better yet watch) Stravinsky's "Agon."

    And I'd say both "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty" have motifs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    If you really want to get adventurous give a listen to (or better yet watch) Stravinsky's "Agon."

    And I'd say both "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty" have motifs.
    I'll give Agon a listen, I love Stravinsky.

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    i still don't see what isn't deep enough about swan lake or the nutcracker?

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    Okay, I understand what you're saying about Swan Lake because it has several underlying themes that come back at the end and are changed throughout, but the nutcracker is just a girl who goes into the fantasy world of her doll (I'm not saying the nutcracker or sleeping beauty are bad, but they aren't really deep). It's not that they aren't "deep enough," It's that they're just some dances put together. I like the Tchaikovsky suites more than the actual ballets, but I definitely enjoy the Firebird more as whole, because it can relate to itself, I guess. That sounded confusing... Let's just I like both the Tchaikovsky and the Firebird for different reasons (Tchaikovsky for enjoyment and Firebird for analyztion and enjoyment).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    the nutcracker is just a girl who goes into the fantasy world of her doll
    unlikely that Hoffmann would have been this simple... in fact the story is Drosselmeyer creates an imaginary world, and when it disappears, the girl is left with merely a doll instead of the prince, in the end; this leaves you with a feeling how elusive happiness is and that we have to put up with what we got.

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