Friday, March 2, 2012

5 on Friday - Set 108

Travis at Trav's Thoughts invites everyone to lay down a short set of music that takes their fancies for his 5 on Friday meme.

I'm in a ballet frame of mind this week, so here are five rather dreamy pieces I've always loved.

1 - Dulcinea variation - Don Quixote, composed by Ludwig Minkus

Danced by Svetlana Zakharova

2 - Peasant pas de deux - Giselle, composed by Adolphe Adam

Danced by Natalia Osipova and Vyacheslav Lopatin

The main piece of music I'm showcasing here ends at the 2:50 mark.

3 - Kingdom of the Shades - La Bayadere, composed by Ludwig Minkus

Danced by Paris Opera Ballet

I just get the shivers when this piece starts. This piece, once begun, is somewhat of an ordeal for the first line of dancers. Once it begins, we're watching something incredibly special.

4 - Entrees des fees (Fairies entrance) - Sleeping Beauty, composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Danced by Paris Opera Ballet

I especially love the way this scene announces with fanfare that we're about to be treated to a cherished piece of dance history. Not only are the fairies arriving at court accompanied by courtiers in the story, but they carry the history of this piece from the 19th century to us now, in a chain of performances that has been passed down and down across time.

The music I'm showcasing begins at the 5:07 mark.

5 -Morning Dance - Romeo and Juliet, composed by Sergei Prokofiev

The piece I'm showcasing here ends at the 1:41 mark.  Of course, longtime readers of this blog will know that the tragic music soon following is what I listened to while writing my vampire novel.


Jamie said...

Okay, I am officially ballet delirious. Kingdom of the Shades is chill worthy.

I celebrated by birthday today.

Travis Cody said...

You may ballet any time, my dear.

Wait...can I use ballet as a verb?

I think I will, just this one.

Mike Golch said...

hey go for it.ballet is cool.

Cherie said...

Simply beautiful! :)

Linda said...

I agree with Travis - ballet away any time you'd like!

For the record, I think that "Dulcinea" is my favorite bit of music from Man of La Mancha. Love it!