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    Unused Russian composers

    While reading the Mao Asada skating to Swan Lake thread, one of the main complaints I read from posters is that Tatiana Tarasova, her choreographer, is considered (by many, including me) to be one of the best choreographers in skating. However, she seems to use the same pieces again and again, usually from Rachmaninoff or Tchaikovsky. I thought I'd list some Russian composers, whose works, I think, could fit well in skating, but are often ignored:

    Mily Balakirev: http://youtu.be/YlEh8iZUhb8

    Cesar Cui: http://youtu.be/aQE3fshDg1I

    Anatoly Liadov: http://youtu.be/_OdW-zcDalo or if you don't like tinkly piano: http://youtu.be/rwBOx7zMKXI

    and my favorite composer, Nikolai Myaskovsky: http://youtu.be/D2hdvvyM5SI

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    I wouldn't mind hearing more Prokofiev .......

    Carolina's Shostakovich SP last season was a delight and for those who like 20th century music perhaps more Shostakovich would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    I wouldn't mind hearing more Prokofiev .......

    Carolina's Shostakovich SP last season was a delight and for those who like 20th century music perhaps more Shostakovich would be nice.
    Yes, Shostakovoch!!! Second waltz!!! I love it!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmCnQDUSO4I
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    Quote Originally Posted by plushyfan View Post
    Yes, Shostakovoch!!! Second waltz!!! I love it!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmCnQDUSO4I

    Han Yan's LP music!!
    I love Shostakovich!

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    Aram Khachaturian Sabre dance

    Scott Hamilton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhKlIng6XLc

    Plushy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpLVaQGV2BI

    and I was wrong, this is Han Yan's music:

    Aram Khachaturian Masquerade waltz

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpqwCUkysCs
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    Aside from Don Quixote, I'd love to hear more of Minkus' music. (I love Don Quixote, too, tho!)

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    I'm so happy to see this thread!

    Great ideas for music, everyone.

    Besides the composers unused in skating, there is also a lot of lesser-used music by the usual composers (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Rimsky-Korsakov, plus Borodin). I mentioned several works in the Mao thread. I'm repeating the Coq d'Or one here because I just love it so much.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j-vQ...feature=relmfu


    And let's not forget Rimsky-Korsakov's student Glazunov (his most famous work is The Seasons, but there's heaps more. Here's a section of his suite The Kremlin (about the palace itself, which is very ancient).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRWUrDS-Mao

    Borodin wrote a beautiful Petite Suite. The Serenade movement is very lilting, in waltz time. (It's followed by I think the Nocturne.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlFF2K88-ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by plushyfan View Post
    Yes, Shostakovoch!!! Second waltz!!! I love it!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmCnQDUSO4I
    I wish Adelina was skating to "Second Waltz" instead of Burlesque

    Has anyone ever skated to "Festive Overture?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gDZT...eature=related

    Maybe it is too grandiose for skaters......
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    One of my favorites is Kalinnikov's first symphony. Here is the second movement. (Turn your sound way up. ). A wonderfully promising talent who died young.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOh9f...feature=relmfu

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    I recognize that! I realize on listening through that I really haven't heard it in years and had pretty much forgotten about it. It would indeed be lovely to skate to, Mathman.

    Have you noticed how beautifully Russian composers use woodwinds, and especially the oboe? Maybe because it's so plaintive. In any case, this is a gorgeous piece; thanks so much for reminding me of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    Has anyone ever skated to "Festive Overture?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gDZT...eature=related

    Maybe it is too grandiose for skaters......
    Early in her career, Tonya Harding used it for a few years:

    Skate America 1986 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPpvV...eature=related

    NHK Trophy 1987 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlUUDmn0lvo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    One of my favorites is Kalinnikov's first symphony. Here is the second movement. (Turn your sound way up. ). A wonderfully promising talent who died young.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOh9f...feature=relmfu
    I have never heard his music!!! Really beautiful!!!

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    There is Tchaikovsky - not Peter but the lesser known Boris Tchaikovsky (no relation). At the San Francisco Ballet, resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov created a piece (Diving Into the Lilacs) using B. Tchaikovsky's Sinfonietta for Strings. It's a beautiful piece and I think the music could work for a skating program.

    1st movement - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3YNaxTW5l4

    2nd movement - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faEM_...feature=relmfu

    3rd movement - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzcA4_vCrGE

    4th movement - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF8Sy...feature=relmfu

    pas de deux - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y9IvjiFdqY

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    Quote Originally Posted by hrmsk8ngnutt View Post
    Early in her career, Tonya Harding used it for a few years:

    Skate America 1986 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPpvV...eature=related

    NHK Trophy 1987 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlUUDmn0lvo
    Wow! congratulations!

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