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Enhance your patrons’ experience with notes that highlight the music’s humanity and illuminate its depth. Choose from our wide selection of pre-written pieces or commission custom notes that complement your concert story.

Program Notes & Synopses

Enhance your patrons’ experience with notes that highlight the music’s humanity and illuminate its depths.

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Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours

Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours

50.00

417 words
note by Chris Myers

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Excerpt:

Ponchielli originally composed the “Dance of the Hours” as the Act III finale of his most successful opera, La Gioconda. The music’s original context stands in stark contrast to its lighthearted reputation in the popular consciousness. Alvise, the head of the Inquisition, has invited the Venetian nobility to his palace, where he entertains them with this ballet depicting the eternal struggle between good and evil. At the conclusion of the performance, he reveals to the shocked revelers the dead body of his wife, whom he sentenced to death by self-poisoning (effectively condemning her to hell by making her death a suicide) as punishment for her infidelity.
 
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