Balletto del'Asino

Jos Wylin

Music is the Language of the World
This 'Balletto' is a fictive ballet (for now), in strict classical style. It tells a story about the inhabitants of my village, who were in the 19th and early 20th century almost exclusively flax workers. Once a week they went to the nearest town Courtrai to sell their flax, linnen, or other flax products. They transported everything with donkey charts to the market place. The people of Courtrai heard them come from long distance by the loud bleating of the donkeys and said: "The donkeys from Kuurne are arriving!". That's why my fellow villagers are still called 'donkeys'. So this little ballet is some kind of humoresque with some clear references to my home village.
Kuurne (my village) will be existing 900 years in 2023. For that occasion the mayor asked me to compose a characteristic piece to be performed live at the festivities. It would of course be nice to have it danced too, with some quizzical choreography...

Balletto dell'Asino
 

GdT

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I just listened all through. Very entertaining. I like the ending. I can just hear those donkeys!
Is this a MIDI version? What libraries did you use please?
For the festival I hope you get some entertaining choreography and costumes - this piece of music deserves a good interpretation.
 
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Jos Wylin

Jos Wylin

Music is the Language of the World
Hi GdT,

Indeed, this is a midi version, all realized with VSL libraries within Studio One Pro (notation was originally in Notion). It was the intention to get it danced, but that's not my cup of tea. It requires another type of specialists!;)

Thanks for listening and commenting,
Jos
 
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Jos Wylin

Jos Wylin

Music is the Language of the World
Thanks William. Unfortunately I received a message yesterday that state subsidies for artistic projects will be cut down with 60% next year...! That could spoil the whole project (with the ballet). Luckily it will be played though with a full strength symphonic orchestra in the future. They have already read the score and parts.
Jos
 
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Jos Wylin

Jos Wylin

Music is the Language of the World
Thanks, Architekton. I'm glad you liked it, that's not so evident because it is written as an 18th century piece of music (with a few minor exceptions in instrumental techniques). But I really love the baroque and classical style and almost all my works are somehow related to that era or have some references to it.

Thanks for listening,
Jos