I would suggest Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu. I know it's been done before (but can't remember who now, but it was on Youtube), but didn't like the orchestral version -- I much prefer the original piano version . The beginning and end sections are fast and dramatic, while the middle section is more expressive and lyrical. Another one is Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2, which has a slower but dramatic first half, and a fast and playful second half. They're among the composers' most famous works, sound good, and I'd like to see them skated to partly because they're in my repertoire
I'm a cello/guitar player but desperately wish I played piano. I went thru a Chopin phase this winter and all of the music I wrote on my guitar was intensely affected. No metronome can capture the feel of a song that breathes. That is why classical music works so well with skating. It allows the performance to breathe.
It would be fun to see Jin Seo Kim skate a short program to Ozzie's remix of Doom Dada since he's skated to so much kpop in shows already.
Meno and Sand did it in the 90s to the piano music and got someone to rewrite the ending because it was too slow for them. Which I think is pure sacrilege. Chopin obviously was cursing them from beyond the grave by forcing Todd to nearly drop Jenny in the lift at the end and screw up the death sprial at Nationals.
In fact when I was looking for that performance I found a playlist someone did of "Skating to Fantasie Impromptu" with 8 performances (starting with a pro Yamaguchi performance to the full piece that I don't remember at all and a Sarah Hughes short that modified the ending as well). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYGC...E2wcpjPOqmAMR6
1) Wow I totally didn't expect Yamaguchi's last jump at all. Maybe more experienced skaters could see it coming but it just took me by complete surprise.
2) Sarah Hughes' first spin was done in time with the music, coincidentally or not. You could see each revolution corresponded to one beat (each low bass note in the left hand). In fact for the most part her moves were in time with the music, which is nice to see.
3) Wow: That Mao Asada performance was shocking and then breathtaking.
Debussy's "Syrinx" for unaccompanied flute is one of my all-time favorites. If you like "L'Apres-midi d'une Faune," hope you'll give this a listen. I'd love to see a skater use it, probably for an exhibition. It would need a superb choreographer...
Another gorgeous piece is Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major. I especially love the 2nd movement (9:55 in the video below).
No jumps needed -- just deep, soft edging. My dream skaters for this one are Virtue & Moir.
Something very special: Torvill/Dean + YoYo Ma + a Sarabande from one of the Bach Cello Suites (not sure which )
Apollo 13 - the movie was full of great music. The score is appropriately epic.
Skatedreamer, Vanshilar, and the rest of you, some wonderful selections! And remember Chopin's polonaises, which have that powerful rhythm. Two other piano pieces that have a polonaise-ish rhythm are Brahms' Ballade opus 118 no. 3 and Rachmaninoff Prelude Opus 23 no. 5.
the Brahms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbSrtVXh8x0
the Rachmaninoff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXU7I_Yyi2Y
Warning: if you listen to these, you might end up with goosebumps and start choreographing something yourself. I always do!