Euridice. Pas-de-deux (ca.8')

“Euridice” was inspired by a play by a distinguished French writer Jean Anouilh.Love, romance, beauty, doubt, death- these are the topics explored in both the original play and the musical piece.

The piece consists of three major parts: slowly developing sensual first one, doubting middle part , slow conclusion ("walk to heaven")

Euridice - for ensemble
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"The Greatcoat",  ballet in one act (ca. 40 min- 1 hour)

Based on the mystical story by a Russian author Nikolai Gogol.

The ballet opens up a possibility of working in a grotesque style with a touch of mysticism together with  contrasting  emotions of a deep sorrow for a lonely, poor man.

The story talks about a very poor clerk Akakiy Akakievitch Bashmachkin, who needs a new greatcoat, as his old one is completly worn out. He dedicates his life to saving every cent for the sake of a new coat. The day of the new coat's delivery is one of the happiest days in his life. Alas- the very same night he is robbed, the overcoat is gone. 

Akakiy is ill out of sorrow, he passes away. A few days later several inhabitants of St-Petersburg are terrified by a wandering ghost, who  "hunts people on the streets in need of revenge.”  (read the full story here)

I imagine the main character clerk Akakiy being followed through the entire ballet by the impersonalized Greatcoat. It is the greatcoat which brought to him the greatest happiness of his life- and caused his death. 

Introduction - The Greatcoat
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Galop - The Greatcoat
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Clerks - The Greatcoat
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Akakiy's Room - The Greatcoat
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Dreams At The Sea. ballet in two acts (ca. 35' + 35'). Based on "The Little Mermaid " by H-Ch. Andersen

The original story by Andersen is a truly sad, exquisite novel about love and self -sacrificing.  There isn’t a happy end. Prince decides to marry another Princess. On the evening of the wedding the Little Mermaid has a choice of killing her true love and turning back into a Mermaid or dying herself by the sun dawn, turning into a sea foam. The love of the Little Mermaid is so sincere and deep, that she decides to die. Read the full story here.

 

Andersen's novel is full of sophisticated beauty- and such should be the ballet.  Both children and their parents would be very moved by this very serious, touching story.

The ballet follows rather a classical tradition of lyrical ballets with solos, pas-de-deux, and big scenes. 

Prelude - Dreams At The Sea
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The Sea Witch - Dreams At The Sea
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The Little Mermaid - Dreams At The Sea
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Celbration On The Ship - Dreams At The Sea
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ADAGIO Pas-de-deux (5')

Short, captivating piece for voice and cello which gives freedom in exploring the beauty of movements and lines.

Concerto for two violins and orchestra (15')

Demanding composition for a brave choreographer.

Concerto is about sadness and beauty of the world. 

"This music brings my imagination into the vastness of the Universe" said one of the performers, "astonishing composition" according to a famed British conductor.