Don Quixote – Simon – Queen of the Dryad’s Variation


Queen of the Dryads variation from Don Quixote by Anton Simon.

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First choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in 1869, the Don Quixote ballet has been a staple of classical dance companies all over the world. The ballet tells the story of the chivalrous and deluded Don Quixote, who sets out on a series of adventures with his loyal squire, Sancho Panza, in search of adventure and the love of his life, Dulcinea. Along the way, they encounter a host of colourful characters, including the lovely Kitri, who is pursued by the wealthy but boorish Basilio.

The Don Quixote ballet is known for its lively and virtuosic choreography, which showcases the athleticism and technical prowess of the dancers. The ballet is set to the music of Ludwig Minkus, and includes a variety of lively and energetic dance numbers, including the iconic “Grand Pas de Deux” which is performed by the lead couple, Don Quixote and Kitri.


This variation is set to music was composed by Anton Simon and was added to Gorsky’s 1900 revival as a variation for a new character the Queen of the Dryads, as it was Gorsky who created the character. This variation is sometimes used as an alternative for the female variation in the so-called Le Corsaire Pas de deux.

More history of this variation can be found on the Petipa website


Anton Simon was a German composer, conductor, and music educator, active in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1858 and began his career as a conductor and composer in Frankfurt.

Simon composed in a variety of genres, including orchestral works, chamber music, songs, and operas. He was known for his ability to blend elements of folk music with contemporary harmonic language. Some of his notable works include his opera “Die Geisterinsel” (1887), the Symphony in F minor (1889) and the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1891)

Simon passed away in Frankfurt in 1935. While his music was widely performed and well-received during his lifetime, it is not as widely performed today. However, Simon is considered as an important composer of German late-romantic music.

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