Bacchus and Ariadne (ballet)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Bacchus and Ariadne (Bacchus et Ariane) opus 43 is a ballet score by the French composer Albert Roussel written in 1930.


Its composition roughly coincides with that of Roussel's third symphony and describes the abduction of Ariadne by Dionysus. The original work, in two acts, was premiered by the Paris Opera under the direction of Philippe Gaubert on May 22, 1931, with choreography by Serge Lifar and sets by Giorgio de Chirico.

Orchestral Suites

Roussel created two orchestral suites from the score, the first premiered by Charles Münch on April 2, 1933 and the second by Pierre Monteux a year later.


A late work, the piece reflects Roussel's distinctive orchestration style and his preference for late classical rhythms and harmonies.

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