I've been desperate to find out for the past 6 yrs. (no lie) what hauntingly beautiful music was used during Oksana Baiul's 1997 Dateline Interview with Jane Pauley at the very beginning. It's the part where Jane is talking about Oksana and how she is an orphan, etc. (w/a video of Oksana in the background performing her famous donut spin)........then Jane says "Oksana Baiul, determined to make it on her own"........and fades to a haunting image of what I presume are Oksana's feet/skates/legs doing edging & performing a scratch spin in the dark, with a spotlight on them. And as this is going on there is the most heartbreakingly beautiful music that I have ever heard accompanying this image, with Oksana's disembodied voice saying in her poignant broken English ~ "I have only one life...and I want to express myself...and I'm not afraid."
The above piece of music has haunted me since I first heard it back in 1997. I was a PCV stationed over in Paraguay, South America during this time. And I recall how I had come to Asuncion (the capital of Paraguay) for that once a month trip to pick up my mail and check-in at Headquarters. And oh how excited was I when I received my first skating tape from my sister. On it was the most poignant interview Oksana has ever done. But what has haunted me all these years is that music......and then I just recently heard it again (at least I think so) during Miki Ando's FS......the exact part where the slow section begins. Can this be the same music??? If so, it must be Stravinsky's "Firebird". However, I'm not sure. Thus, I implore someone that knows to tell me so. I will be forever grateful (no lie). Thank You in advance.
Peace, Love & Sincerely, Nadine
"Then the curtain rose again, and as long as I live I'll never forget the roar. A firestorm of applause erupted in the City Center, and the audience was on its feet clapping, stomping, and shouting." - Memoir of Maria Tallchief (America's first prima ballerina) when she danced Firebird.