Only Nicole was very musical...
There have been other musically gifted skaters but I can't think of anyone in recent memory who has had Nicole's diversity. She could skate to any style and never looked awkward from a musical perspective. She was truly remarkable in that department.
Nicole had an element of spontaneity that was thrilling. Say what you will about her work ethic, she was a true master of performance.
I actually think Maria Butyrskaya and to a lesser degree Elena Liashenko had great interpretation.
Maria, in particular, could go from jazzy and sexy to classical and sophisticated with ease.
Too bad she went for slow music in her final season; I hoped she would do a tango for her Salt Lake freeskate.
Back to the topic at hand.
I really dislike Gracie's FS arrangement, and agree that it invites unfavorable comparisons to Angela Nikodinov's version, which was a masterpiece.
I think the opening suits her style -- powerful and sweeping -- but the rest falls off.
The old short kinda worked with her frenetic arms.
I'd almost prefer they lengthen that with a slow section and recycle last year's short, but that's probably asking for way too much.
Do we have any inkling as to what the new SP music choice is? Any ?
Even though the Gershwin Trio was a little eery with the screechy violin aspect of it, I thought choreographically it worked for Gracie. There was much more choreography than before, and musically I thought she interpreted pretty well.
If she's with Frank I'm assuming Lori will have a part in the new SP's choreography.
Personally I thought the long was the bigger mess to deal with. It's just not a fit at all for her skating style. She's a square peg and the program is a round hole. Yikes. What a messy season for Gracie. Hopefully she's not getting overwhelmed with all the changes.
I could see Daphnis & Chloé working for her. It's not a predictable choice but I think it would suit her speed and youthful sprite.
Also, is it strange that I could see Send in the Clowns too? Don't torch me down on that one...
Yes, another vote for Rhapsody in Blue!
I would like to add "My Drag" and pretty much anything by Copland as other good options.
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"My Drag"! Squirrel Nut Zippers!! What a blast from the past, Hopefully more Jamie Dantzcher and less Morgan White. That could be great music for her though, the jumps would look awesome with the tempo and it's got attitude and spunk galore. I'll see your My Drag and raise you a "Black Cat, White Cat"
Last edited by Karpenko; 11-29-2013 at 07:21 AM.
Please not Rhapsody in Blue. I've never understood why it's so popular
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Someone previously suggested Totentanz, which is the music Irina Slutskaya used for her 2006 Olympic SP. I agree it would be a great choice to show off Gracie's speed and power.