Swan Lake

Swan Lake - Odette and announces that he will take Odile...

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Patrick Dunbar Dr. Eric Ohlsson Oboe Studio 19 February 2008 “Swan Lake Ballet Suite” Premiered in 1877 in Moscow, Russia, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake has been received by many audiences around the world. Set in “fairy tale” Germany, the opera tells the story of Prince Siegfried who leaves his engagement ball and goes to the forest. He sees a flock of swans and aims his crossbow, only to find that the swan was actually a woman, Princess Odette. She had been turned into a Swan by the evil sorcerer, von Rothbart. Returning to the ball, Siegfried mistakes von Rothbart’s daughter, Odile, for
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Unformatted text preview: Odette and announces that he will take Odile for his wife. Later realizing his mistake, Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette drown themselves in the lake. The oboe solo in “No.1 Scene” is one of the most well known oboe solos in opera music. The musical line is meant to go up and down like the water on the lake. The solo is meant to be played delicately with grace and beauty, like when Siegfried first laid his eyes on the beautiful Odette. The two recording of this piece I listened to was the London Symphony recording, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Emmanuel Abbühl (oboist)....
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