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Sir Arthur Bliss: Checkmate (Complete Ballet); Mêlée Fantasque ()

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Sir Arthur Bliss: Checkmate (Complete Ballet); Mêlée Fantasque - Royal Scottish National Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones (conductor)
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  1. Melée Fantasque, for orchestra, Op. 22, F. 199
  2. Checkmate, ballet for orchestra, Op. 57, F. 2a
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The association between music and chess goes all the way back to a chess ballet performed for King Louis XIV of France. The idea of a modern chess ballet, drawing on the new freedoms that flowered in the world of dance after Russian modernism reached the West around World War I, is an appealing one. British composer Sir Arthur Bliss reached the same conclusion, and his 1937 ballet Checkmate was a success; Bliss made various concert arrangements of the music, and it brought him chances to write various dance scores. The ...

Sir Arthur Bliss: Checkmate (Complete Ballet); Mêlée Fantasque 2005, Naxos

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