Don Juan ou Le Festin de Pierre (Don Juan, or the Stone Guest's Banquet) is a ballet with a libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi, music by Christoph Willibald von Gluck, and choreography by Gasparo Angiolini. The ballet's first performance was in Vienna, Austria on Saturday, 17 October 1761, at the Theater am Kärntnertor. Its innovation in the history of ballet, coming a year before Gluck's radical reform of opera seria with his Orfeo ed Euridice (1762), was its coherent narrative element, though the series of conventional divertissement dances in the second act lies within the well-established ballet tradition of an entr'acte effecting a pause in the story-telling. The ballet follows the legend of Don Juan and his descent into Hell after killing his inamorata's father in a duel.

Christoph Willibald von Gluck by Joseph Duplessis (1775)

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The ballet Don Juan was based on Molière's Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre of 1665.[1]

The 19th movement marked "Moderato" was used by Mozart in the third act finale of his opera Le nozze di Figaro. [2]

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Footnotes edit

  1. ^ Kirstein 1984, p. 118
  2. ^ Charles Osborne: The Complete Operas of Mozart p.251

Bibliography edit

  • Kirstein, Lincoln (1984), Four Centuries of Ballet: Fifty Masterworks, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., ASIN B0035YMWUY, ISBN 0-486-24631-0

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