La Sylphide – Schneitzhoeffer – Male Variation


Male variation from La Sylphide by Schneitzhoeffer

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La Sylphide is a romantic ballet that tells the story of a young Scottish man named James, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful and ethereal sylph, a woodland spirit. The ballet is set in a picturesque Scottish countryside and features the conflict between James’ betrothal to a mortal woman, Effie, and his desire for the otherworldly sylph. 

As the story unfolds, James is lured into the mystical world of the sylphs, abandoning his human life and his love for Effie. The ballet explores themes of desire, fantasy, and the otherworldly, culminating in a tragic and poignant ending.


French composer Jean Madeleine Marie Schneitzhöeffer lived from October 13, 1785, to October 14, 1852).

Schneitzhöeffer, who was raised in Toulouse, studied under Charles Simon Catel at the Conservatoire de Paris. After placing second in the piano competition in 1803, he became a timpanist at the Opéra in 1815, and seven years later, he was promoted to chef de chant. He was appointed choral singing professor at the Conservatoire and received the Legion of Honour in 1840. In Paris, he passed away.

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