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Billy the Kid

Postby Whiterook » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:39 pm

Currently can't get enough of Billy the Kid, a 1938 ballet written by the American composer Aaron Copland....one of my Top 3 fav composers of all time. It was choreographed by Eugene Loring for Ballet Caravan. Along with Rodeo and Appalachian Spring, it is one of Copland's most popular and widely performed pieces. The ballet is most famous for its incorporation of many cowboy tunes and American folk songs.

The copy I own is performed by Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

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I've never seen the ballet version but I'd love to...

The story follows the life of the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid. It begins with the sweeping song "The Open Prairie" and shows many pioneers trekking westward. The action shifts to a small frontier town, in which a young Billy and his mother are present. Billy's mother is killed by an outlaw, and Billy himself kills the murderer, and goes on the run.

The scene then shifts to years in the future. Billy is an outlaw living in the desert. He is captured by a posse (in which the ensuing gun battle features prominent percussive effects) and taken to jail, but manages to escape after stealing a gun from the warden during a game of cards. Returning to his hideout, Billy thinks he is safe, but Pat Garrett catches up and kills Billy. The ballet ends with the 'open prairie' theme and pioneers once again travelling west.
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Re: Billy the Kid

Postby Whiterook » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:50 pm

A little taste! You can find great versions on YouTUBE!!!


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