Alba, I know that you have actually studied music, so you and I are on the same side in this. (Except that you're far more knowledgeable!) Maybe they should hire people like us and other GS members as consultants. We'd beef up the repertoire pretty quickly.
ETA: On this topic, I think a lot of Americans of today would be astonished to learn that some of the regular radio stations in this country used to play a lot more classical music, because it was considered important to the culture. NBC actually had its own orchestra, the NBC Symphony. Its conductor during its lifespan (1937 to 1954) was no less than Arturo Toscanini. The Wiki article lists an impressive list of guest conductors, as well. This orchestra was a commitment from the top down (David Sarnoff, the network chairman, spearheaded this project) to enrich the cultural lives or ordinary people.
The thing is most of them are lazy, I think.
I don't know if it's because many of them are young and spend much time training, so dedicating more time to listen to different kind of music or composers it's kind of boring or tiring for them.
Choreographers also are busy but it's their job to help them. Coaches are way too busy and some of them don't even go there, choosing the music I mean.
The thing is though if you like Bolero why not listen some other works from Ravel? Is it possible that we have to hear only Clair de Lune from Debussy?!
Stravinsky has done other works not just Firebird, which by the way the majority of the skaters can't even skate it properly.
I remember Barbara and Maurizio in an interview before Olympics in 2002 said: The FD music is of course not accidental. The Olympics are in USA so we're dancing to "I'll Survive". Not to mention the irony in that title, but really? You're skating in USA and all you come up with is "I'll Survive"?!
It's a real loss, I think, that it doesn't exist anymore.ETA: On this topic, I think a lot of Americans of today would be astonished to learn that some of the regular radio stations in this country used to play a lot more classical music, because it was considered important to the culture. NBC actually had its own orchestra, the NBC Symphony. Its conductor during its lifespan (1937 to 1954) was no less than Arturo Toscanini. The Wiki article lists an impressive list of guest conductors, as well. This orchestra was a commitment from the top down (David Sarnoff, the network chairman, spearheaded this project) to enrich the cultural lives or ordinary people.
These things should be preserved as national treasures, IMO, especially in USA.
I'm 100% sure about that.Maybe they should hire people like us and other GS members as consultants. We'd beef up the repertoire pretty quickly.
I also grew up listening to classical music; my mom loved it and took me to concerts and operas, too. Ended up as a music major in college and have never regretted it for a moment although I never played professionally.
When I first moved to New York a gazillion years ago, there were 3 classical stations and a couple of others devoted to real jazz. No more. One of the classical stations was sold and one of the others (WQXR, the NY Times station) has watered down its programming, especially in the morning when they're apt to broadcast single movements of a symphony or string quartet as opposed to the whole thing. NPR is still OK, but overall there isn't nearly as much available for listening and often it's just the standards. It's so unfortunate.
Another thing that breaks my heart is that when schools need to save money, the first things to go are music and art. Nothing against math & science -- far from it! -- but the arts are food for the soul. We need both.
Back on topic, though: didn't the Duchesnays use "The Rite of Spring" once upon a time?
EDIT: answering my own question. Searched the Duchesnays on YouTube and the dance I thought used "The Rite of Spring" was something else entirely. The costumes would have worked, though!
Ty to all, a treasure trove. Ballet music is ultimate vehicle even if over used. Did I see Gracie's sleeping beauty on there? Perhaps another thread would be contemporary music written after 1950. Ballet is easy music to move to and I am enjoying these so much hope yu all are too .
Recently, I came across an interview to Torvill and Dean, in which they explained how they chose Bolero. They went to BBC-radio's library and listened to a lot of records for days until they found the most suitable music.
Nowadays, you don't need to do that: whoever has a couple spare hours can go on youtube and listen to LOTS of music of every genre and repertoire, and in many versions: so, even if you are no expert, you can easily find something you like and can skate to.
I, too, think it's mostly laziness: that music worked for so many skaters, let's use it again. That's why I groan when I watch programs set to warhorses: even if,in most cases, the music is a masterpiece, the interpretation is often quite forgettable.
I thoroughly agree with Alba when she says that skaters should explore the repertoire of great composers, instead of picking always the same pieces.
It occurs to me that another great piece to mine for skating programs would be Prokofiev's Classical Symphony.
Alba, you know I agree with your point about exploring other pieces by the composers of the great warhorses! For example, the boundlessly rich Rimsky-Korsakov composed stunning works (a lot of them operas) that are full of promising music. Scheherazade is gorgeous, but that's just one of his works. There's stuff in Sadko, Le Coq D'Or, and The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, just for starters, that would make radiant programs, with great rhythm changes because so many of them are based on folk traditions if not on the actual folk melodies. Then there is other stuff from Ravel and Debussy, whom you mentioned, along with other French composers such as Faure and even a few obscure one-hit wonders such as Vincent D'Indy (Symphony on a French Mountain Air, for example). As for Italy, Respighi comes to mind. They really ought to ask us!