The Swan Lake: Spanish Dance - Vladimir Fedoseyev - Peter Tchaikovsky* - Peter Tchaikovsky Ballet Su
Label: Мелодия - C10-13617-18 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: USSR • Genre: Classical •
While the composition of Swan Lake came in the period ofit incorporated music from an unpublished effort entitled The Lake of the Swans, the composer's first attempt at ballet.
In addition, a second-act waltz was said to have been adapted from his opera Undine. Swan Lake was not a success initially, but shortly after the composer's death, it began to take hold. The work was then staged in the Riccardo Drigo version, which, with many excisions, additions, and reordering of numbers, became the standard performing version for many years. For Swan Lake Tchaikovsky composed an introduction and 29 dance numbers, which fall into four acts.
The story, set in medieval Germany, centers on Prince Siegfried and his Princess-mother, who, reproaching her son for a lavish celebration at his chateau, commands him to take a bride from among a group of princesses invited to a ball for him the following day. Later the same evening the suddenly-bored Siegfried, at the behest of his friend Benno, gives chase with a group of hunters to a flock of swans. At a lakeside that night the Prince meets the beautiful maiden, Odette, who beseeches him to abandon the hunt for the swans, since they are her companions, cursed, like her, to adopt a winged appearance by the sorcerer Von Rotbart, except between midnight and dawn when they return to their human form.
At the ball the next evening, Siegfried cannot choose a bride, but notices some strange guests, the disguised Von Rotbart and his My Heart Belongs To Only You - Bobby Vinton - Bobby Vinton All-Time Greatest Hits Odile, to whom the sorcerer has Instrumental Piece 8 - Tom Waits - Alice (The Original Demos) the exact likeness of Odette.
The unwitting Siegfried chooses her for his bride and swears to an oath of loyalty to her. In a dramatic lakeside finale, Odette throws herself into the lake and Siegfried joins her, thereby destroying Von Rotbart and his evil power. The young maidens are freed from their swan The Swan Lake: Spanish Dance - Vladimir Fedoseyev - Peter Tchaikovsky* - Peter Tchaikovsky Ballet Su and Siegfried and Odette are reunited when the lake vanishes.
The music associated with Odette and the swans is probably the most famous in the ballet. It first comes near the close of the first act in the "Flight of the Swans. In the Act Four finale, this music is played faster and with agitation in preparation for the main characters' demise. There are, of course, many other famous themes in this colorful work, including the waltz in the Act One "Entrance of the Guests. Tchaikovsky also wrote a number of dances of ethnic flavor, including an Hungarian czardas, a Spanish dance, Neapolitan dance, and mazurka, all colorfully imagined and brilliantly orchestrated.
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