Dance Of All The Hours - Sheet music download.

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Dance Of All The Hours - Sheet music download.
Ballet from the Opera "La Gioconda"
by Amilcare Ponchielli.
12 Pages - 1941 Arrangement.

Contains the following Acts:-
THE HOURS OF DAWN
ENTRANCE OF THE HOURS OF DAYLIGHT
DANCE OF THE HOURS OF DAY
ENTRANCE OF THE HOURS OF TWILIGHT
ENTRANCE OF THE HOURS OF NIGHT
THE HOURS OF NIGHT
DANCE OF ALL THE HOURS


From Wikipedia:-
Dance of the Hours (Italian, Danza Delle Ore) is a short ballet depicting the passage of time which occurs in Act III Scene 2 of the opera La Gioconda composed by Amilcare Ponchielli. It was first performed in 1876 and revised in 1880. The “Dance of the Hours” is considered one of the most popular ballet pieces in history.[1][2] It was made widely recognisable by its use in Disney's 1940 film Fantasia to accompany the dance of the ostriches.

DescriptionThe ballet, accompanied by an orchestra, appears at the end of the third act of the opera, in which the character Alvise, who heads the Inquisition, receives his guests in a large and elegant ballroom adjoining the death chamber. The music and choreography represent the hours of dawn, day, twilight, night and morning. Costume changes and lighting effects, reinforce the progression. The dance is intended to symbolize the eternal struggle between the forces of light and darkness. Altogether it is about 10 minutes long.

Structure.
The piece begins with an introduction in G major, with vocal assistance in the form of a recitative which is omitted in the symphonic version. Then follows in sequence: the dance of the hours of dawn, the hours of day, the hours of the night and the morning .

The episode devoted to dawn (in E major) merges with the extensive introduction to the episode dedicated to daytime hours, anticipating the rhythmic structure of four notes, which characterizes the episode. The transition point between the two episodes, where it marks the birth of the day, coincides with the intervention in fortissimo of the chorus ("Prodigio! Incanto!"), which follows a slow chromatic passage, typical of the author's style.

After a brief episode in C sharp minor devoted to the night, based on figuration in staccato, a connected and expressive melody in E minor, played by cellos, introduces the morning. A new pathetic melody in A minor extends to a broad phrase with initial tone in E minor.


Amilcare Ponchielli (August 31, 1834 – January 16, 1886) was an Italian composer, largely of operas.

Although in his lifetime Ponchielli was very popular and influential, in introducing an enlarged orchestra and more complex orchestration, the only one of his operas regularly performed today is La Gioconda. It contains the great tenor romanza "Cielo e mar", a superb duet for tenor and baritone "Enzo Grimaldo", the soprano set-piece "Suicidio!" and the ballet music "The Dance of the Hours", known even to the non-musical from its use in Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940), Alan Sherman's novelty song, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh", and other popular works.

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