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Free - Great contrast of two Russian Ballet Music pieces

Hosted by the Consul of the Tokyo Music Lovers Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 19 Aug 11:00 - 16:00

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Most of classical ballet lovers have enough nutcracked 😊 How about another Russian early 20th Century composer, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet stage? If you have never seen it, please try this.

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Mariinsky Ballet (Saint Petersburg, Russia) + The Cleveland Orchestra – Cond. Pierre Boulez

Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemp / The Rite of Spring is widely known as challenging music piece for orchestra members. This time, one of amateur Orchestras in Tokyo called “Davai - Let’s go in Russian”, will perform it and Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite.

Meeting Time & Point
1) For the brunch joiners (restaurant - TBA)
• Meeting Time 11:00
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11:00 Meeting time
11:15 Café and Brunch
12:45 Line up at the door
13:00 Door Open
13:30 Concert Starts
15:30 Close

2) For the brunch skippers
• Meeting Time 12:45
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Cost : Free Admission (Thanks to the Orchestra – Published Price is JPY Protected content

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Nutcracker Suite
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The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a is a selection of 8 musical numbers Tchaikovsky made from The Nutcracker ballet for a concert performance before the St. Petersburg branch of the Musical Society on March 19, Protected content . Every number was acclaimed and repeated, and the suite became an instant hit. The complete ballet was first performed on December 17, Protected content . It was not a success. It did not gain any popularity until George Balanchine staged a production in New York City. The suite however was very popular in concert. It was featured in Disney's Fantasia. The Nutcracker Suite should not be mistaken for the complete ballet.
The numbers chosen by Tchaikovsky for The Nutcracker Suite and their sequence within the suite are as follows:

I. Miniature Overture
II. Danses caractéristiques
a. Marche
b. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy [ending altered from ballet-version]
c. Russian Dance (Trepak)
d. Arabian Dance
e. Chinese Dance
f. Reed-Flutes

III. Waltz of the Flowers

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Bear costume Ballet dancer ...... very cute and nice

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Boston Symphony conducted by Seiji Ozawa (whole version)


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The Rite of Spring
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The Rite of Spring (French: Le Sacre du printemps; Russian: Весна священная, translit. Vesna svyashchennaya, lit. 'sacred spring') is a ballet and orchestral concert work by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the Protected content season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company; the original choreography was by Vaslav Nijinsky with stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich. When first performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May Protected content , the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation and a near-riot in the audience. Although designed as a work for the stage, with specific passages accompanying characters and action, the music achieved equal if not greater recognition as a concert piece and is widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.

Stravinsky was a young, virtually unknown composer when Diaghilev recruited him to create works for the Ballets Russes. The Rite was the third such project, after the acclaimed Firebird Protected content Petrushka Protected content . The concept behind The Rite of Spring, developed by Roerich from Stravinsky's outline idea, is suggested by its subtitle, "Pictures of Pagan Russia in Two Parts"; the scenario depicts various primitive rituals celebrating the advent of spring, after which a young girl is chosen as a sacrificial victim and dances herself to death. After a mixed critical reception for its original run and a short London tour, the ballet was not performed again until the Protected content , when a version choreographed by Léonide Massine replaced Nijinsky's original. Massine's was the forerunner of many innovative productions directed by the world's leading ballet-masters, gaining the work worldwide acceptance. In the Protected content , Nijinsky's original choreography, long believed lost, was reconstructed by the Joffrey Ballet in Los Angeles.

Stravinsky's score contains many novel features for its time, including experiments in tonality, metre, rhythm, stress and dissonance. Analysts have noted in the score a significant grounding in Russian folk music, a relationship Stravinsky tended to deny. The music influenced many of the 20th-century's leading composers and is one of the most recorded works in the classical repertoire.

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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle