Flower Festival in Genzano – Helsted – Waltz


Waltz from Flower Festival In Genzano

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August Bournonville, a Danish dancer and ballet teacher, created the one-act ballet The Flower Festival in Genzano. The libretto, which was derived from a story in Alexandre Dumas’s Impressions de voyage, depicts the tale of two young lovers named Rosa and Paolo and makes reference to the festival that is still held each June in Genzano, Italy.

The ballet had its world premiere on December 19, 1858, in Copenhagen, and the Danish Royal Ballet performed the full work until 1929, when it was retired from the repertoire. One of Bournonville’s most flawless compositions, so the saying goes. It must be seen in the Festival of Flowers in Genzano, which marks a transition to naturalism and is hailed as a masterpiece of Bournonville’s international virtuosity. This work is a blatant example of Danish style, with a strong and admirable technique that places more emphasis on the feet than other parts of the body.


Born in Copenhagen, Edvard Helsted (816 – 1900) received violin instruction. Between 1838 to 1869, he worked at the Royal Chapel, first as a member of the orchestra and then, starting in 1863, as the concert master. In 1869, he resigned due to health concerns.

Helsted co-wrote Acts I and III of August Bournonville’s ballet Napoli (1842) with Holger Simon Paulli. Later, he and Paulli would work together on one of his most well-known ballets, the 1858 Blomsterfesten i Genzano (Flower Festival in Genzano), and another Bournonville ballet.[/2] Helsted also composed the ballet scores for Kirsten Piil (1845) and Toreadoran (1840).

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