Balletto del'Asino

Balletto del’Asino is a ballet, written at the occasion of the 900th anniversary of my home village Kuurne. The inhabitants were historically called ‘donkeys’, because they transported their vegetables and flax to the nearby town Kortrijk with donkey carts. The citizens of Kortrijk heard them coming by the calls of the donkeys and said: “The donkeys are coming in!” This ballet refers in a couple of spots to these donkey calls. The local ballet school was to produce a real ballet on the music, but due to a lack of subsidies, the project was called off…
The composition was written and orchestrated in a very classical way to imitate the classical ballet (hence the Italian title). The first tone center is C major, 4/4; in the 2d part, it is F minor/Ab major, 3/4; the third is in C major again, 2/4. You could consider the ballet as some sort of ‘burlesque’ with a few humorous twists.
The composition is pretty classic, the harmonies are simple and very logical like they were plain classical harmony. The orchestra is a somewhat extended chamber orchestra, the orchestration according to classical practice.

Balletto del’Asino

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Just lovely. Enchanting. Filled with playfulness and imagination, and beautifully constructed.

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