Harlequinade – Drigo – Male Variation


Male variation from Harlequinade

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Harlequinade is a playful ballet that mixes aspects of comedy, romance, and commedia dell’arte. The ballet unfolds in an Italian town with a delightful love tale between Columbine and Harlequin, two young lovers whose relationship is endangered by Columbine’s father, Cassandre, who desires to marry her off to a wealthier suitor. The ballet boasts a cast of colourful and amusing characters, including the cheeky Harlequin, the foolish Pierrot, and the conniving commedia dell’arte characters.


Drigo (1846-1930) was an Italian composer and conductor best known for his contributions to ballet music in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Drigo, who was born in Padua, began his career as a violinist before becoming a conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was in this job that he rose to prominence for his ballet compositions. His collaborations with renowned choreographers like as Marius Petipa resulted in some of the era’s most enduring and popular ballets, including “Le Corsaire,” “La Bayadère,” and “Harlequinade.” Drigo’s music is distinguished by its melodic beauty and expressive characteristics, and his works were instrumental in shaping the Russian classical ballet repertory.

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