Although in his lifetime Amilcare Ponchielli was very popular and influential, introducing an enlarged orchestra and more complex orchestration, the only one of his operas regularly performed today is La Gioconda. It contains a short ballet in the third act of this opera and depicts various hours of a day through some dancing. “The Dance of the Hours” was at one time one of the best known and most frequently performed ballets. It became even more widely known after its inclusion in the 1940 Disney animated film Fantasia where it is depicted as a comic ballet featuring anthropomorphized ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators.
HomeOrchestra arrangements of classical music standards is a very desirable addition to a school orchestra repertoire. It allows to choose a member of any group – keyboards, strings, woodwinds or brass – and give them an unprecedented opportunity to shine as a soloist of a symphonic orchestra from the youngest age!
Credits: Varvara Kotarygina, flute / “Gnessin Virtuosi” Youth Orchestra /Mikhail Khokhlov, conductor