Program Notes

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Ballet by John Neumeier

Choreography and Staging: John Neumeier
Stage Design and Costumes: Jürgen Rose
Music: Felix Mendelssohn and György Ligeti with traditional music for mechanical street organ

World Premiere: The Hamburg Ballet, Hamburg, 10 July 1977

Music, in order:


Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847): “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Overture

Act I

György Ligeti (1923–2006): “Volumina” for Organ
Mendelssohn: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”—Scherzo, March of the Fairies, Intermezzo Street Organ Music
Mendelssohn: “Son and Stranger” Overture

Street Organ Music
Ligeti: “Harmonies,” Etude No. 1 for Organ; “Volumina” for organ
Mendelssohn: “Ruy Blas” Overture
Ligeti: “Continuum” for Harpsichord; “Coulées” Etude No. 2 for organ

Act II

Mendelssohn: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Nocturne

Street Organ Music
Mendelssohn: “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage” Overture; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”—Wedding March, Marcia funebre, A Dance of Clowns
Street Organ Music including themes from Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata
Mendelssohn: “Athalia” Overture; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”—Final Scene and Melodrama

Recorded performers:
Zsigmond Szathmáry, organ
Antoinette Vischer, harpsichord

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Composer: Mendelssohn and Gyorgy Ligeti
Choreographer: John Neumeier


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