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Marius PetipaThe Emperor's Ballet Master$
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Nadine Meisner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190659295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190659295.001.0001

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The Vsevolozhsky Reforms

The Vsevolozhsky Reforms

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(p.189) 8 The Vsevolozhsky Reforms
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Marius Petipa
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Nadine Meisner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190659295.003.0009

This chapter describes the arrival of Ivan Vsevolozhsky as director of the Imperial Theatres; Alexander III was a conservative and yet it was under his reign that the monopoly of the Imperial Theatres was dissolved. This brought about the emergence of commercial theatres, and with them, middlebrow entertainments, featuring virtuoso Italian ballet dancers. They also promulgated the féerie: a spectacular genre, emphasizing visual effects. The influence of the féerie and of Italian dancers on the Imperial Ballet and Petipa’s work is discussed, as are Vsevolozhsky’s reforms and his drive to elevate ballet music by introducing concert-hall composers, notably Tchaikovsky and Glazunov.

Keywords:   ballet music, Mikhail Ivanov, The Vestal, the féerie, commercial theatre, Italian virtuosi, Virginia Zucchi, Enrico Cecchetti

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