- 2 years ago
Playing tracks by
Mendelssohn: salterello from Symphony no 4, Prokofiev: Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet, Borodin: Polovtsian dances from Prince Igor, Verdi: ballabile from Act II Aida, Beethoven: Menuetto and trio from Symphony no 4 and more.
These compositions nearly all come from either dance suites, ballet or operas where the style of the dance was formalised. Verdi for instance was obliged by the rules of the day in Paris to include a ballet during his operas; Bach wrote suites of music based on the formalised dances in the French court and Elgar sometimes included dance movements in his orchestral suites. You may well have heard many of these but wondered what they are - here is your chance to find out!