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    Happy Sunday All!

    My ballet studio is putting on a performance of the following ballet variation:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29w-wOqqMUM

    Hours of online research haven't yielded much in identifying the track information. We know its a second act variation, however various CDs seem to not have the track at all. Our assumption is that perhaps the piece is from another ballet and the Bolshoi adapted it to their performance. Does anyone have composer and title information so that we may purchase a clean track for our show?

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    The Bolshoi "Fille" is a mishmash of several composers.

    Here is something that might help you in your search, from an Amazon review of a boxed set of CDs called "The Original Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra"

    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.amazon.com/The-Original-Bolshoi-Theatre-Orchestra/dp/B00000E2GJ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top/175-2783342-0265553
    Track 1 - First we have a pas de deux with its roots in Peter-Ludwig Hertel's 1864 score for the ballet "La Fille Mal Gardee" (the liner notes incorrectly credit the music to Ferdinand Herold). Hertel's score was utilized by Ptipa and Ivanov for their revival of the ballet, from which this Pas is extracted. Unfortunately the orchestration heard here is not original, making the Drigo penned numbers sound horribly run-of-the-mill and thin as a result (his style of orchestration was far better than this). The pas de deux as recorded here is in Alexander Gorsky's version, and contains music from 3 different composers: the entree and adage are by Hertel. The male variation is Drigo's extra solo for his score for Lev Ivanov's "The Enchanted Forest", while the female variation (also found in the Soviet "Harlequinade" Pas de deux) is an edit of a coda from a pas de deux Drigo wrote in 1903 for a revival of Ivanov's "The Harlem Tulip". The coda is taken from Johann Armsheimer's score for Petipa's 1896 ballet "The Cavalry Halt", and is an edit of the finale from that ballet.
    Assuming the reviewer is accurate, I'd guess that your variation is that Drigo piece -- it sounds like Drigo and it sounds like a coda. You might try your luck buying this boxed set, looks like it can be had for $9, or maybe try some more research using Drigo as the composer. Or try Harlequinade maybe (I know nothing about that ballet so can't be of help).
    Heather W. Reichgott, piano
    http://heatherwreichgott.blogspot.com

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    Thank you so much! that link provides a lot of explanation. I will check out the box collection

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