The Pieces

mandolin-headstockThe selection of pieces (9 of 32) from the ballet available here:

1. Dance of the young Princess-to-be

Going back in time, a young dancer portrays the Princess in her
childhood having a ballet lesson. There are bursts of her individuality.

2. Dance of the Prince of Tradition

The Prince makes his appearance with an impressive fanfare and bold music. The Prince’s introspective nature is also revealed.

3. Feelings

This piece indicates some doubts in the Princess, alongside the excitement and activity.

4.   The children’s Princess

The Princess is seen playing with children. One part of this piece shows her remembering her own initial happiness with the Prince.

5. Love and sadness

Despite her love for the Prince, the relationship is collapsing, causing her much
emotional hurt. A mandolin is used to express the Princess’s emotions in this piece.

6. The Princess visits the tomb of a Queen

On a journey abroad, the lonely Princess ponders on the beautiful tomb of a by-gone Queen.

7. Stillness

A state of acceptance in the Princess is represented in this sad and lyrical piece.

8. Death of a Princess & Lament for a beautiful soul
(This is the climax of the ballet)
The pursuers’ tune is heard, with that of the Princess. A terrible crash occurs. The injured Princess lingers before dying.
Then, a loving, tender piece delicately plays two themes associated with the Princess.

(N.B. The second part – Lament for a beautiful soul – may be used as a touching

musical farewell at funerals)

9. The coming forth by day

This very powerful piece is a representation of the ancient Egyptian notion that, like the setting sun, the departed soul travels beneath the earth and then appears once again at dawn in glory and triumph. The soul then becomes a star in the firmament.
This is a funeral march for a Queen.