Cesare Pugni

Maestro Cesare Pugni. St. Petersburg, circa 1865

Cesare Pugni (Russian: Цезарь Пуни) (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃeːzare ˈpuɲɲi]; 31 May 180226 January [O.S. 14 January] 1870) born in Genoa, was an Italian composer of ballet music, a pianist and a violinist. In his early career he composed operas, symphonies, and various other forms of orchestral music. Pugni is most noted for the ballets he composed for Her Majesty's Theatre in London (1843–1850), and for the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres in St. Petersburg (1850–1870).

Cesare Pugni is the most prolific composer of ballet music, having composed close to 100 known original scores for the ballet and adapting or supplementing many other works. He composed myriad incidental dances such as divertissements and variations, many of which were added to countless other works.

Of Pugni's original scores for the ballet, he is best known today for Ondine, ou La Naïade, (also known as La Naïade et le pêcheur) (1843); La Esmeralda (1844); Catarina, ou La Fille du Bandit (1846); The Pharaoh's Daughter (1862); and The Little Humpbacked Horse (1864). Of his incidental dances, etc., he is most noted for the Pas de Six from La Vivandière (also known as Markitenka) (1844); the Pas de Quatre (1845); La Carnival de Venise pas de deux (also known as Satanella pas de deux) (1859); the Diane and Actéon Pas de Deux (1868); and his additional music for the ballet Le Corsaire (1863 and 1868).


La Scala, Milan

Her Majesty's Theatre, London

The Paris Opéra

Works for other theatres

Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, St. Petersburg

Other venues in Russia

Expanded editions of his own work for the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, St. Petersburg

Adaptations of scores by other composers for the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, St. Petersburg

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