The influence of classical music on figure skating

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  1. bardtoob

    bardtoob Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking about something with more depth and some of the characteristics with which gkelly was referring, like the music from the contemporary Argentine Jazz artist Raul di Blasio, which most people on this thread would know for his piece Otonal.
  2. Katarzyna

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    Otonal - love it! :swoon::swoon::swoon:

    Maria Butyrskaja: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67pXhfRfd0 (WC 1999, LP)
    Johnny Weir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ttNzEwPMLM (US Nats 2005, LP)
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  4. TheresMaude

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    IMO it qualifies more as faux classical.
  5. bardtoob

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    I do not think anybody, including Katarzyna, thinks Otonal is classical since Raul di Blasio is considered a contemporary jazz artist, but it does have the qualities that gkelly previously mentioned that make it easy to use in a skating program.

    This all came up after I basically said that skating is stuck in 1885, probably because tonal music has high points, low points, and a sense of direct that makes it very accessible to the types of choreography that entertains.
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  6. Katarzyna

    Katarzyna Well-Known Member

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    I’d certainly won’t consider Jazz Classics! :lol: Actually that’s music I really dislike (well, tastes are different :eek:). Otonal, however, is simply beautiful, certainly not classic “classics” but for me it has classical beauty. :)

    For the whole discussion what’s classics and what not, I’ll stick with the definition of Wikipedia (though of course wiki cannot be considered high science :p), that the common period of classics was between 1550 and 1900, which means that music composed after 1900 fitting the characteristics of classic is not automatically considered as not being classics.

    I remember when I was at secondary school in Austria (probably kind of Junior High school compared to U.S.) we had musical education as a subject and we had to learn about classic composers, their lives, their works and so on. – And this included many composers who actually were born / composed after 1900, e.g. Stravinski, Rachmaninov or Karl Orff - Carmina Burana for example was composed in 1937. Here is another clip:

    Anissina / Peizerat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsvq-N7xAtc (WC 2000, FD)


    In addition many classical pieces change temper, which is also great for creating figure skating programmes (Samson and Delilah or Sailor dance come to my mind!).

    I also think that skaters using classics have another big advantage: as the majority of programmes was and is done to classics, it is kind of well accepted practice among the judges. Though I love classics in skating, I actually don’t like that as reasoning for choosing classics, but just look how often even skaters who didn’t always skate to classics stick with it e.g. during a Olympic season. ;)
  7. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    Beethoven's Seventh Symphony
    Duschenays

    Ravel's Bolero
    Vanessa Giunchi
    Alexander Abt
    Leonova & Khvalko - can't find vid

    Gliere Harp Concerto
    Lucinda Ruh

    Sasha Cohen - Mendelssohn Cello Concerto


    Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto (#2 and 3)
    Naomi Nari Nam

    Mikkeline Kierkegaard - Rondo Capriccioso

    Meditation de Thais
    Oksana Baiul

    Mahler's 5th Symphony
    Katia Gordeeva
    Virtue & Moir

    Sibelius - Valse Triste
    Virtue & Moir
    Drobiazko & Vanagas, 1999
    Drobiazko & Vanagas, 2012
    Rahkamo & Kokko

    Albinoni's Adagio
    Emanuel Sandhu
    Grishuk & Platov
    Maria Butyrskaya

    Rossini - La Pie Voleuse
    Surya Bonaly

    Verdi's Requiem
    Gordeeva & Grinkov

    Mozart's Requiem
    Denkova & Staviyski

    Mussogorsky - Night on Bald Mountain
    Alexander Fadeev
    Kohklova & Novitsky

    Grieg - Peer Gynt
    Totmianina & Marinin

    Peter Barna - Paganini Violin Concerto
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  8. Katarzyna

    Katarzyna Well-Known Member

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    Cherub721 – thank you for adding the clips! And I’m particularly thankful for the two above. This programme of Alexander Fadeev - he was the guy who made me fell in love with Russian male skating in 1989 for the first time. :)

    More Valse Triste by Johnny Weir:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whV9xrqwwSU

    More Meditation de Thais by Berezhnaya Sikharulidze:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_VDRBCOslo


    I like to add Sailor dance by Gliere (I love this music piece, possibly because I also love Russian Music):

    Artem Borodulin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NguravwO0iA (EC 2009, SP) :swoon:
    Viacheslav Zagorodiuk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr-gqGxwQXI (1996 Centennial on Ice, SP) :swoon:

    and my favourite one:
    Sasha Abt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v4qLdIJp0s (CoR 2003, SP) :swoon::swoon::swoon:
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  9. bardtoob

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    Well, that's good to know. It would certainly be a shame if somebody from Austria did not have a decent grasp of Classical music, even as it is formally defined. The last time I was there I vowed I would go to listen more so than sightsee the next time.

    ... I would still call music of the middle 19th century to the early 20th century that followed common practice "Romantic", possibly qualifying it with "that is, late Classical music", depending on my audience, since the Romantic era is generally well understood as immediately preceding the Modern era in so many disciplines.
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  10. BreakfastClub

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    Man, y'all are way overthinking and overanalyzing this. Whoever said classical music is like porn is right. You know it when you hear it. :lol: I've never ever heard anyone debate the term "classical music." There is a classical period within the overarching genre of classical music that is epitomized by the music of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven , but to parse the definition of classical music over this and argue that Bach nor Brahms can be called classical composers is beyond ridiculous.

    This is much more accurate from wikipedia:

    The dates of the Classical period in Western music are generally accepted as being between about 1750 and 1820. However, the term classical music is used colloquially to describe a variety of Western musical styles from the ninth century to the present, and especially from the sixteenth or seventeenth to the nineteenth.

    Generally, I do consider most 20th century composers to still be in the colloquial "classical music" genre, Schoenberg, Berg, Stavinsky, Hindemith, Ravel, Poulenc, Vaughn Williams... in fact, the 20th century was the great age for American composers: Bernstein, Hanson, Piston, Copeland, Ives, Persichetti. There is absolutely not doubt that I would describe all of these composers as "classical."

    (Note that I say the above as someone who was an accomplished classical musician, playing/performing internationally in several top US youth ensembles (orchestras/quintets), studied privately under a member of a Big 5 orchestra for eight years. I decided not to go the conservatory route or make it my career but did minor in music theory and history at an Ivy with a well respected musicology program.)

    Edited to add some actual skating content to my post:

    Best program representing the Baroque period of classical music, Denkova/Stavski's 2003 OD!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsAhLiGTva8
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  11. lulu

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    Thank you so much for the incredible list! :cheer: Here is the video of L&K's version of Bolero
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    Good clarification. And the term "classical" music with a lower case "c" is used to refer to the general genre of music, and the "Classical" period is usually denoted with a capital C.
    Amen!
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  13. Katarzyna

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    :respec: Yeah! :respec:


    More Valse Triste by Alissa Czisny:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA158YOWQVE (TEB 2011, LP)


    Tchaikovski, Nutcracker:

    Shen/Zhao: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHQRfNDX3kI (GPF 2004, LP)
    Bechke/Petov: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWaSkMn25Kw (OG 1992, LP)
    Sasha Cohen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PddOi_Dmlc (WC 2005, LP)
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    :) A real standout - gorgeous program - we were so lucky to see it in person @ 2003 Worlds.
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    All I'm saying is, if you put Bach and Stravinsky and Verdi into the same genre/category, this genre would be too large and too diverse to be meaningful or insightful for the purpose of grouping and comparing with other genre (e.g., jazz, popular, folk, dance, music theater, modern). It becomes increasingly ambiguous and pointless if we are to put Leonard Bernstein, who did a little of everything, (as well as George Gershwin) into the class of "classical composers".

    I am often bemused and disappointed that Bolero is Ravel's most popular, most well-known work. I have by no means heard everything by Ravel, but anything else of his I've heard is more interesting and less boring than Bolero. (There is speculation that the repetitiveness in Bolero was actually an early manifestation of Ravel's dementia. See report on RadioLab.) Figure skating does little to correct this injustice, but there have been some good and interesting programs using Ravel's music that's not Bolero:

    1. Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig 2011-12 free skate to Daphnis et Chloe, choreographed by Jim Peterson. A lovely and difficult program. Unfortunately I cannot find a video on YouTube.

    2. So Youn Park (KOR) 2012-13 short program to Pantoum. The program's requirement for interpretation is subtle but in fact quite difficult.

    3. Paul Wylie 1992 short program to La Valse. The interpretation is textbook.

    4. Yasmin Siraj 2011-2013 short program also to Daphnis et Chloe, choreographed by Jamie Isley. Full of transitions with difficult, precise interpretation.

    It seems that Ravel's music puts out a tall challenge for choreography and interpretation, and those who take it on have to be very good at it or the result would be a hot mess.
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  17. aftershocks

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    :respec: Thank you! Thank you!
  18. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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  19. misskarne

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    brb, this thread sent me on a Sasha Abt trip. :swoon:
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    Here you go.

    That never hurts ;)
  21. Katarzyna

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    Nope! :lol:

    Continued trip through classical music:

    Händel, Suite No. 4 in D-Minor (Sarabande):
    Petrova / Tikhonov: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWkDyyNILpA (2006 EC, LP)
    Silvio Smalun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut0aM9tv7ko (2002 Oberstdorf Gala, his LP that Season :swoon:)

    Debussy, Prélude à l'Après-Midi d'un Faune:
    Ilia Klimkin, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5a8MDtfn8M (2001 GPF LP)
    Carollina Kostner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEHzfiygvtU&feature=related (2001 WC, LP)
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    Note that misskarne has yet to return to this thread. Must be a nice trip :p

    More classical, and Klimkin: I loved his Swan Lake SP.
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  23. Katarzyna

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    Lol, I’ll try to link more Abt-classics later on to bring misskarne to return. :lol:
    (Or maybe some Gachinski-clips might help as well? ;))

    For now some Rimsky-Korsakov, Sheherazade:

    Totmianina-Marinin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7rAR0eXjHE (2005 EC, LP)
    Michelle Kwan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR4VtmHh0Wc (2002 US Nats, LP)


    We have the same taste - I too love this one and linked it earlier on! Simply a masterpiece! :swoon:
  24. misskarne

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    Hmm? Did someone say something? *dazed* :swoon:
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    Sasha Abt :encore: :swoon:

    Anyone for a Matt Savoie trip to Barber's Adagio? :inavoid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFAsNpBJbk0&playnext=1&list=PL40BB72C0E740B58B&feature=results_video

    Ahhhh...! It would be great if another great skater would skate to this music (perhaps Jeremy Abbott or Adam Rippon could do it justice on the men's side, and Mao Asada or Alissa Czisny on the ladies side).


    And if you're into "dreamstates" check out William Orbit's rendition of Barber's Adagio:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8ykQVSPDGc
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  27. Katarzyna

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    A few clips to Borodin's Prince Igor (Polovetsian Dances):

    Bestemianova / Bukin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7Wp0vBpZRg (WC 1998, FD)

    Domnina / Shabalin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AawKFUNmRM (WC 2007, FD)
    So sad that they couldn't fully realize their potential. :(

    Promissed special for misskarne :):
    Sasha Abt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1SsRtxMuNU (Skate America, 1995, FD)
    One part of the music he skates to is actually called "gliding dance of the maidens" :lol:

    Finally kind of techno version by Elena Sokolova: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONYqcSRQHe4 (EC 2004, SP)
    I never get over but to :rofl::rofl::rofl: about her clapping on her butt! Certainly not a traditional classic programme! :p
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    Barber's Adagio for violin is one of my most favorite pieces of music. Matt Savoie's skate to this was wonderful. I can see Jeremy doing justice to it, but not sure about Adam.
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    It's actually meant to be:

    Opera, but never seen like this before:

    Scott Hamilton 'Barber of Seville'
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOg48Nj-Rkk

    Laurent Tobel 'Carmen'.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24p4FvujHqc


    A different take on Ballet:

    Scott Hamilton 'Don Quixotte'
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9LkaZ4MFR4

    Laurent Tobel 'Swan Lake'
    http://youtu.be/YA9hQh1IUHk
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