Paquita – Minkus – Pas de Trois Entrance


Pas de Trois Entrance from Paquita

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Originally choreographed by Joseph Mazilier to music by Édouard Deldevez and Ludwig Minkus, Paquita is a ballet consisting of two acts and three sections. Petipa revived the ballet in 1881, adding new parts that Ludwig Minkus had written especially for it. These included the Mazurka des enfants for the last act, the Paquita grand pas classique for the first act, and the Paquita pas de trois for the first act. Up until 1926, Petipa’s rendition of Paquita remained part of the Mariinsky Theatre’s repertoire. Paquita’s 1881 additions by Petipa endured long after the main ballet was taken off the stage. These pieces are now important pillars of the conventional classical ballet, especially the Grand pas classique.


Ludwig Minkus was a Austrian-Russian composer of ballet music, known for his work in the 19th century. He was born in Vienna, Austria in 1826 and began his career as a violinist and conductor in the Vienna Court Opera Orchestra. In 1853, he moved to Russia, where he worked as a composer for the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Minkus is considered to be one of the most important and prolific composers of ballet music in the 19th century. He composed music for over 60 ballets, many of which were choreographed by the famous ballet master, Marius Petipa. Some of his most famous works include “La Bayadère” (1877) and “Don Quixote” (1869). Minkus died in Vienna in 1917.

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