• Lord Berners
  • The Triumph of Neptune: Suite (1926)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
  • 2+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2+cbn4.3.2+btbn.1timp.4perchp.pf.celstr
  • [baritone (Polka only)]
  • 25 min

Programme Note

The Triumph of Neptune was written for Diaghilev’s Russian ballet to a harlequinade scenario by Sacheverell Sitwell. In the face of Diaghilev’s lack of enthusiasm for modern English painting, Sitwell had the brilliant idea of basing the sets and costumes on the penny-plain, tuppence-coloured traditional toy theatre prints of which there then were two exponents still working in London. Diaghilev was enchanted, and managed to secure some original, spangly, foil-stone pantomime costumes for his dancers. Cyril W Beaumont’s The Diaghilev Ballet in London contains a mouth-watering description of the production. The choreography was by Balanchine, later director of the New York City Ballet. The cast included Danilova, Soklova, Lifar and Balanchine himself. There were waltzes, hornpipes, classical dances and spectacular scenes called ‘Cloudland’ or ‘The Frozen Forest’ (the latter known to the Lyceum stage hands as ‘Wigan by Night’).

© Ronald Crighton

Movements:

1. Harlequinade
2. Dance of the Fairy Princess
3. Schottische
4. Cloudland
5. Sunday Morning
6. Polka
7. Hornpipe
8. The Frozen Forest
9. Apotheosis

Listen

The Triumph of Neptune: Prelude
The Triumph of Neptune: Schottische
The Triumph of Neptune: Cloudland
The Triumph of Neptune: Variation 1
The Triumph of Neptune: Variation 2
The Triumph of Neptune: Variation 3
The Triumph of Neptune: Variation 4
The Triumph of Neptune: Coda
The Triumph of Neptune: Polka
The Triumph of Neptune: Entry of Neptune's Chariot
The Triumph of Neptune: Harlequinade
The Triumph of Neptune: Variation
The Triumph of Neptune: Hornpipe
The Triumph of Neptune: Apotheosis
The Triumph of Neptune: Harlequinade
The Triumph of Neptune: Scottische
The Triumph of Neptune: Cloudland
The Triumph of Neptune: Hornpipe
The Triumph of Neptune: Apotheosis of Neptune
The Triumph of Neptune: Hornpipe

Discography

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