Some of my favourites that I'd like to see skated to:
Classical & Opera
Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata
Schubert's Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Händel's Hornpipe from Water Music n. 2
Glass' Beauty and the Beast
Mozart's Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte
Georges Delerue's Les Deux anglaises, La nuit américaine, Jules et Jim
Ennio Morricone's Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto
John Barry's The Lion in Winter
Joe Hisahishi's Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke
Goblin's Profondo rosso
Goran Bregovič – I enjoyed Zlobina/Sitnikov 2012-13 FD
Yann Tiersen – he composed more than Amélie. Rue des Cascades, for instance
The music World of Raul Di Blasio is huge. I did a search on amazon and was fascinated. Much of his melodic music would seem very suitable to skating
Re: Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah," if you haven't already seen it, check out Sasha Cohen's performance of it on YouTube. She's used it in a couple of exhibitions. Beautiful!
Handel is a great idea. That era of the Baroque used a lot of dance rhythms, too, and a lot could be done with a clever arrangement.
Another good Georges Delerue score is the one for Maid to Order, an obscure but charming American fantasy comedy.
One thing that worries me with vocal music is that a lot of skaters will probably choose the latest Top 40 hit. In terms of actual musical construction, most of them are pretty skimpy. That's one reason classical music is so useful. It's not just that it's "always been done." It's very rich in terms of a narrative thread, melodic texture, and rhythmic variety.
I also think the Bizet "Symphony in C" would be beautiful -- a great alternative to "Carmen." And the waltz from Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin." Trying to think of some Bach, too, but haven't yet come up w/ anything that feels like it would work.
BTW, re: Janacek, Jiri Kylian (sp?) did some wonderful choreography for it. It's one of the signature pieces of the Netherlands Dance Theater. I saw it live many years ago and loved it; thanks to your post, am going to search for it on YouTube.
A lot of video game music nowadays are perfect for figure skating.
A lot of them are exactly 3 minutes or 4 minutes long, and have all the varied tempo and crescendos within that small time frame to make the song more exciting and less monotonous.
Much better than these horribly cut and "modernized" versions of classical music just to fit into the time limit. I find it really disruptive to have these programs where it is slow for 3/4th of the program only for it to abruptly change to a fast movement near the end just so the skater can go crazy with their footwork sequence and ending spin.
I wish a skater would do a program to the Super Mario Galaxy credit song:
4 minutes long, orchestrated, varied tempo with a strong build up near the end, what's not to like.
Too bad athletes and video games don't mix well
Irina skated to Maxim and he has some great pieces.
I love Smetana's The Moldau. parts of which would be good for Dance.
There's the theme from Nicolas and Alexandra which is just gorgeous.
Anything from John Barry--remember Jill Trenary's skate to the Theme from Out of Africa? Dances With WOlves is gorgeous, just to name one.
Lee Holdridge (East of Eden fame) wrote the theme from the TV series Beauty and the Beast which is exceptional.
And I agree much of what was written during the romantic era of classical music would be welcome.
Also, Doctor Who soundtrack - Murray Gold is brilliant and there's so much great material to choose from, and since some skaters are starting to use Piano Guys and because who doesn't love Star Wars, I'd like to see someone use their Cello Wars.
I haven't noticed any Harry Potter themes mentioned. There are some powerful pieces on the soundtrack. It could get get very tacky if not put together right I must admit.
I was thinking about this subject recently:
Does anyone think that "My Immortal" is something that could be skated to?
Jackie Evancho's cover of "Lovers" from House Of Flying Daggers (or anyone's vocal rendition, really).
Also "Se" again by Jackie, the love theme from the movie Cinema Paradiso.
One of the songs from Moulin Rouge? I'm partial to Jackie's rendition of Come What May with the Canadian Tenors (maybe for pairs?)
Lord Of The Rings would be fabulous.
Certain songs wouldn't work because there's necessary characteristics that are missing right? And what about the length? It would be the most challenging thing to combine different songs together.
But would "So Close" by Jon Mclaughlin, preferrably in French, ever work?
I would love to see more songs in other languages than English.
agreed on harry potter and LOTR/the hobbit!
also i really like this dance a lot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r2Ko5J_GuU