The dichotomy of ordered dance mixed with the complexities of human behavior has made Limon's "The Moor's Pavane
" a favorite of both modern dance and ballet companies worldwide.
Instead, Windt reads the figures in the texts as purely textual and contextual constructions: 'Pallas [from Pavane
fur eine verstorbene Infantin] stammt zwar aus Prag, ihre Herkunft aber wird als historisch-literarisch diskursiv erzeugt thematisiert' (p.
Asaro, of Carlsbad, Calif., took the gold medal for "Pavane
for a Dead Princess," which expands upon his body of work depicting the feminine form and was inspired by Maurice Ravel's music of the same name.
Faure's contribution is his Pavane
in F-sharp Minor, a quiet and intimate short piece that the composer described as "carefully wrought, but otherwise unimportant." Musicians today hold it in rather higher regard.
Likewise, the last time I heard a live performance of Maurice Ravel's "Pavane
for a Dead Princess" was more than a decade ago, in a private dinner club, as a slightly inebriated member implored the house pianist to play it over and over and over again.
Franck: Symphony in D minor; Lalo: Symphony in G minor; Faure: Pavane
. Sir Thomas Beecham, Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise.
Her pure vocal crosses borders, too, with a set ranging from Handel's Lascia Ch'io Pianga (the one from the TV ad!) to Greensleeves, and from traditional tune The Water Is Wide to a memorable rendition of Faure's Pavane
. The relaxing set is given a modern production edge by Craig Leon and should be a crossover commercial success in both the classical and pop charts.
The prize--which awards $5,000, a residency and a rehearsed reading to one outstanding female playwright-went to Los Angeles-based playwright Alexandra Cunningham for her play Pavane
Four years ago in France, Faure's Pavane
was a similar damp squib, possibly because it was just too high-brow.
Although dance is mentioned in the work's title, and a dance of many couples is clearly in progress in the work, the author describes the musicians, but makes no mention whatsoever of the dance - most likely a pavane
. The pavane
, a processional dance, was commonly used in the sixteenth century for formal entries.
Meanwhile, Houghton has announced the new works to be developed during his first National Playwrights Conference (June 30-July 29): "Thief River," by Lee Blessing; "Pavane
," Alexandra Cunningham; "Madinina," Sarah C.