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    Music that should be skated to

    Borrowing from "Skating music you just can't stand" where we discussed music we'd like to see banned.

    On the flip side, what are some pieces of music you think skaters should skate to more?

    Some of mine:
    Dance of the Hours
    Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no.1, anything that's not no.2, or the second movement in number 2.
    Symphonic Dances
    Sorcerer's Apprentice
    Wild Dances

    Some more contemporary music, too.

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    Gangsta Boo's Where Dem Dollas At

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    Zbigniew Preisner....please!


    Just perfection...great Tango-Bolero from 0:53-59

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd0JJYHfv2c

    Also like Jean Aubry very much, thanks to Menshov.

    The best type of music to skate is the type that builds "spatial experiences", I think, that seems to expand or contract in the mind.

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    I was just rewatching the 1981 miniseries of Brideshead Revisited. The soundtrack is gorgeously Baroque without being a warhouse. But now I can't remember if anyone has ever skated to it before. Even if so, it would make a lovely change from Vivaldi.

    And why doesn't anyone ever look at the work of Corelli--Italian Baroque, gorgeous melodies, certainly not played-to-death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeakAnkles View Post
    I was just rewatching the 1981 miniseries of Brideshead Revisited. The soundtrack is gorgeously Baroque without being a warhouse. But now I can't remember if anyone has ever skated to it before. Even if so, it would make a lovely change from Vivaldi.

    And why doesn't anyone ever look at the work of Corelli--Italian Baroque, gorgeous melodies, certainly not played-to-death.
    I'll have to look that up, also how about music by Salieri. It's very powerful and dynamic, a bit like Beethoven (Salieri tutored Beethoven so there's the influence).

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    I'd like to see more Wagner, Bartok, Prokofiev pieces done. Wagner because there is a "broadness" that can be interpreted by a wide range of skaters. Bartok and Prokofiev because they are interesting 20th century composers whose music has quirks that I think could be interpreted well with bodily movement.

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    "What Does the Fox Say." Someone should definitely skate to this next year when vocals are allowed. I'm talking to you, Florent Amodio!

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    I'm hoping vocals will open up for more selection and Carmen and the Phantom and other tired pieces can retire. There are so many classical music composures, more than Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninoff. I like when a skater does something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arianne View Post
    "What Does the Fox Say." Someone should definitely skate to this next year when vocals are allowed. I'm talking to you, Florent Amodio!
    Yes, perfect! He has the right personality to pull it off -- I saw him live at TEB and he flies across the ice!

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    I'm listening to that song now, it's a fun song, I can see him doing it! Only thing is it's a bit short for a free skate, I guess if shortened it could be a short program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy View Post
    I'd like to see more Wagner, Bartok, Prokofiev pieces done. Wagner because there is a "broadness" that can be interpreted by a wide range of skaters. Bartok and Prokofiev because they are interesting 20th century composers whose music has quirks that I think could be interpreted well with bodily movement.
    Now that you mention it, there might be some interesting passages from Prokofiev's Classical Symphony that would make a lovely program. It's modern but accessible, with some delightful rhythms and a lot of varied textures and moods.

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    I'm still waiting for the perfect skater to match up with:
    Fantasia on a Theme from Thomas Tallis (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
    selections from A London Symphony (also RVW)
    Isle of the Dead (Rachmaninoff)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsisjiejie View Post
    I'm still waiting for the perfect skater to match up with:
    Fantasia on a Theme from Thomas Tallis (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
    selections from A London Symphony (also RVW)
    Isle of the Dead (Rachmaninoff)
    The Tallis Fantasia is one of my favorite pieces ever. I just worry that it would have to be cut to ribbons for even a long program. But it has such lovely gliding movement that some kind of exhibition skate would be sublime, especially with an ensemble rather than just an individual skater.

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    We should send this list to the ISU! I'll have to look those up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Now that you mention it, there might be some interesting passages from Prokofiev's Classical Symphony that would make a lovely program. It's modern but accessible, with some delightful rhythms and a lot of varied textures and moods.
    Great piece! Seeing all these great suggestions makes me think what a lazy choice it is for coaches and choreographers to have their skaters use music like Carmen.

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