An idea from composer Constant Lambert, who was the music director of the Vic-Wells Ballet during the 1930s, LES PATINEURS (The Skaters) combines vocal and dance numbers from two Giacomo Meyerbeer operas: LE PROPHETE and L'ETOILE DU NORD. Depicting a Victorian skaing party on a frozen pond on a winter's evening, the ballet in one act contains a sequence of eight divertissements, each depicting a different combination of skaters (couples, individuals, etc.), identified by the clothes they are wearing. Premiered in 1937, the work was a great success and was one of the first ballets ever to be televised. It still enjoys regular performances and recordings today. Instrumentation in the set: 1+Picc.2.2.2: 18.104.22.168: Timp.Perc(2): Hp: Str (4-4-3-3-3). This version has been edited by William McDermott.
|Series:||Edwin F. Kalmus - Kalmus Ballet Library|
|Composed by:||Giacomo Meyerbeer|
|Arranged by:||Constant Lambert, William McDermott|
|Format:||Conductor Score & Parts|
|Instrumentation:||1+Picc.2.2.2: 22.214.171.124: Timp.Perc(2): Hp: Str (4-4-3-3-3 in set)|