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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:18 am    Post subject: Who wrote Coppelia Reply with quote

I was watching the BBC's popular 'Mastermind' quiz earlier this week and I realise that not everyone is a classical music buff. The general knowledge question was 'Who composed the ballet 'Coppelia' of 1870. I, of course immediately shouted out Delibes. The contestant looked very thoughtful and answered SIBELIUS. I fell about laughing. He had probably given it his best shot. Perhaps the gent had been thinking of works ending in A, e.g. 'Finlandia' or 'Tapiola'. I suppose it was an easy enough slip for a none Sibelian, but I found it funny at the time to think of the five year old Sibelius composing a ballet. Smile kp

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the most celebrated pieces in the Delibes work is a Valse lente. It sounds quite similar to Valse triste... Perhaps! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Revilla wrote:
One of the most celebrated pieces in the Delibes work is a Valse lente. It sounds quite similar to Valse triste... Perhaps! Very Happy


Thanks for that snippet David, I would be curious to hear the Delibes Valse--kp

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...the five year old Sibelius composing a ballet....

Yeah, I don't think he was quite up to composing Scaramouche by that time. 'Tant Evelinas liv i toner'?

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