4 Airs de Ballet (Drigo, Riccardo)



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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Valse bluette (No.2)

For Violin and Piano (Auer)

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Arranger Leopold Auer (1845–1930)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Jul. Heinr. Zimmermann, 1906. Plate 4451a.
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General Information

Work Title Quatre Airs de Ballet
Alternative. Title
Composer Drigo, Riccardo
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 dances:
  1. Romance
  2. Valse bluette
  3. Pizzicato
  4. Galop
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Orchestra

Misc. Comments

  • WorldCat shows an edition (pub.Zimmerman) of the Valse Bluette from 1904 with no editor, so this is presumably solely by Drigo. It is for symphony orchestra. However, the cover shown on the ozon.ru site is the 1904 Zimmerman edition, but that site says it is for piano.
  • The Fleisher Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia has a Suite du ballet : Le réveil de Flore that also has four movements, with only one movement change -- 1. Nocturne, 2. Valse, 3. Gavotte (Pizzicato), 4. Galop (Final). These might or might not be the same pieces. They also have a Suite from Les Millions d'Arlequin that has the following movements. 1. Valse des alouettes -- 2. Sérénade -- 3. Réconciliation -- 4. Polonaise.
  • WorldCat shows a later edition (pub.Chester) of the Valse Bluette from 1921 with no editor, so this is presumably solely by Drigo. It is for piano.
  • WorldCat shows an edition of Deux airs de ballet (pub. "Bremen : Fischer, [um 1900]") with an editor, Fritz Hoffmann. This might or might not be earlier than the 1904 unedited version. It has 22 unspecified parts.
  • It will not be possible to tag this until the original instrumentation is determined. Given that Drigo was himself a pianist, and that he re-used material, these pieces may have been originally orchestral, or for piano.

In response to the statements above...

  • Drigo's "Quatre Airs de Ballet" was originally composed as a unit for orchestra. It is actually an additional Pas de deux he wrote for the ballerina Vera Trefilova when she danced the lead in a revival of the ballet "La Tulipe de Haarlem" (original score by Baron Boris Fitinhof-Schell) in 1903 at the Mariinsky Theatre. "Quatre Airs de Ballet" was published a year later in both piano and orchestral scores. The "Quatre Airs de Ballet" also follows all of the key progressions one would find in a piece of this kind when composed as a unit.
  • the piece mentioned below Suite du ballet : "Le Réveil de Flore" is in fact something completely different. This is merely pieces extracted from the full-length ballet "Le Réveil de Flore".
  • the "Deux Airs de Ballet" is actually the Romance from the "Quatre Airs de Ballet" and the "Danse bohemienne" from Drigo's extra music for "La Esmeralda".
  • its was the great violinist Leopold Auer who first arranged the "Valse Bluette" from "Quatre Airs de Ballet" for solo violin, which lead to its popularity as a salon/repertory piece. It was then arranged for nearly every instrument imaginable throughout the early 20th century.
  • this piece needs to be moved to another page, perhaps under the title "Valse Bluette", since this is not the complete "Quatre Airs de Ballet"