Aloysius Ludwig Minkus (1826 1917), famous for his ballets Don Quixote (1869) and La BayadÃ¨re (1877), was born in Bohemia, and grew up in the dance capital Vienna. He hoped to establish a reputation as a violinist and composer, and by 1853 had emigrated to St Petersburg where he became the conductor and solo violinist of the private orchestra of Prince Nikolai Yusupov. In 1861 he was appointed violin soloist and, a year later, conductor of the Moscow Bolshoi Orchestra. He began a happy collaboration with the great French choreographer Arthur Saint-LÃ©on (1821 1870), who was a real friend and inspiration to Minkus, and more than anyone else, helped to launch his career as a theatrical composer, producing five works in association with him in St Petersburg and Paris. Minkus s first ballet, the three-act Plamya lyubvi, ili Salamandra (The Flame of Love, or the Salamander, also called Fiammetta), was given its premiere on 13 February 1864 at the Bolshoi Kamenny Theater in St Petersburg (with Marfa Muravyeva in the leading role). The scenario and the choreography were by Saint-LÃ©on, the most important dance master of the day in both Paris and Russia. Saint-LÃ©on s influence secured this work production in the French capital, and it was perhaps for this occasion that Minkus accompanied Saint-LÃ©on to Paris to mount the work at the AcadÃ©mie Royale de Musique. Reduced to two acts, and re-christened NÃ©mÃ©a, ou l Amour vengÃ© (with a scenario adapted by Henri Meilhac & Ludovic HalÃ©vy), the ballet was performed at the Paris OpÃ©ra on 11 July 1864, with considerable success (again with Marfa Muravyeva, and with EugÃ©nie Fiocre as Cupid). It remained in the repertoire for seven years, attaining 53 performances by 1871. ThÃ©ophile Gautier remarked on the atmospheric quality of Minkus s music, its 'haunting, dreamy quality.' Roqueplan singled out Saint-LÃ©on's choreography for its 'imagination and originality, his ability to handle masses.' Some of the Airs de Ballet were almost immediately published by Henri Hegel (1865), and are reproduced here. By now Minkus was becoming known internationally. So when five years later the Paris OpÃ©ra ordered a new grand ballet from Saint-LÃ©on to a libretto by Charles Nuitter, Saint-LÃ©on involved Minkus in the project, securing for him a hand in the composition of the first and fourth scenes of this new work, La Source. The other two scenes were entrusted to the young LÃ©o Delibes, thirty at the time, who had drawn favourable attention to himself in the preparation of the ballet music for the premiÃ¨re of Meyerbeer s posthumous L Africaine in 1865. The first performance of La Source on 12 November 1866 was great success for Delibes, whose bold and colourful composition was praised at the expense of Minkus s subtler contribution. Saint-LÃ©on immediately began planning another work with Nuitter and Delibes, and one which would crown the young French s composer s success with triumph, CoppÃ©lia. Minkus s first ballet, the three-act Plamya lyubvi, ili Salamandra (The Flame of Love, or the Salamander, also called Fiammetta), was given its premiere on 13 February 1864 at the Bolshoi Kamenny Theater in St Petersburg (with Marfa Muravyeva in the leading role). The scenario and the choreography were by Saint-LÃ©on, the most important dance master of the day in both Paris and Russia.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Robert Ignatius Letellier has specialized in the music and literature of the Romantic Period. He has studied the work of Giacomo Meyerbeer (a four-volume English edition of his diaries, a collection of critical and biographical studies, a guide to research, two readings of the operas, as well as compiling and introducing editions of the complete libretti and non-operatic texts, and a selection of manuscripts facsimiles). He has also written on the ballets of Ludwig Minkus and compiled a series of scores on the Romantic Ballet.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. new edition edition. 165 pages. 11.50x8.11x0.39 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk1443819514
Book Description Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1443819514
Book Description Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New edition. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 1443819514n