Passar al foco i di quieti, e contenti 
Mentre la pioggia fuor bagna ben cento....

At last, sitting in front of the fire, happy and at peace
While the rain lashes outside...

This is what Vivaldi wrote nearly 300 years ago about the Largo of " Winter" from his "Four Seasons".
An invitation to relax, feel peaceful and enjoy the moment.
This Largo is a wonderful peaceful piece to start a ballet class on a winter's day... Listen to the comforting bass notes, to the "raindrops" in the background,to the beautiful serene melody above and dance! 


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French composer Gabriel Fauré would surely have felt honoured if he had known that his "Sicilienne" had been chosen  by choreographer George Balanchine to represent French elegance in his 1967 ballet Jewels.
 is the first part of the ballet for which, Balanchine was inspired by New-York jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels. The prestigious Maison continues to support dance and artists and runs different programmes all over the world. Dancing your pliés to this music makes you feel special et precious!

Winter Ballet class music Nolwenn Collet

"Winter" - Largo - Antonio Vivaldi

Sicilienne Faure Musique pour la danse

"Sicilienne" - Jewels - Gabriel Fauré

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 This  little galop illustrates so well the joy and insouciance of small children on a Christmas Eve! 
Bright and elegant, this music from the Nutcracker  is also very uplifting.  The story of the nutcracker comes  from the German writer, artist and composer Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann whose work Tchaikovsky admired.
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann took the middle name Amadeus in honour of Mozart so it's interesting to note that  Tchaikovsky also refers to Mozart's aesthetic in this piece in particular!
The perfect track for a sparkly tendu exercise!

Nutcracker ballet music

"Petit Galop Des Enfants" - Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky

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