La Esmerelda – Pugni – Male Variation


Male variation from La Esmerelda by Pugni

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La Esmeralda finds its inspiration in Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.” Set against the backdrop of 15th-century Paris, the ballet mainly centres on the sad love story between the beautiful gipsy dancer Esmeralda and the hunchbacked bell ringer Quasimodo. The narrative centres on Esmeralda, who wins the hearts of many men, such as the kind Quasimodo, the cunning Claude Frollo, and the kind-hearted poet Gringoire. The ballet looks at issues of betrayal, jealousy, love, and prejudice in society.


A well-known figure in the realm of 19th-century ballet music was Cesare Pugni (1802–1870). Pugni, who was born in Genoa, Italy, showed promise as a musician at a young age and underwent professional piano and composition instruction. His work was mostly connected to Russia, where he was the chief composer for the St. Petersburg-based Imperial Ballet. Pugni’s extensive work, which included writing music for several well-known choreographers including Marius Petipa and Jules Perrot, made a significant contribution to the art of ballet. His works for the renowned ballets “Esmeralda” and “La Fille du Danube,” among others, are still performed in ballet theatres all over the world, upholding his reputation as a composer of ballet of lasting importance.

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