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The Spider Dance of Lola Montez (mixed ensemble)

Composer
Year of composition
2000
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
5 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
Instrumentation
Large mixed ensemble
Instrumental parts
Not available

The Spider Dance, arranged for a small band of 9 players (parts available on request) was written for a musical called 'Lola' based on the life of the notorious dancer Lola Montez. This was a moment in the show when she performed her most famous dance in the presence of King Ludwig of Bavaria - one of her many famous lovers. Basically a striptease, the dance was choreographed on the pretext that she was covered in spiders and the removal of her clothing was the quickest way to rid herself of them. Needless to say, back in the mid 19th century, it caused quite a scandal but made her world famous. King Ludwig was delighted and gave her the title of Countess of Landsfelt! The show 'Lola' written with lyricist Terry Read, who died in 2001, received its premiere in Guildford, Surrey in 2000. There is also a version available for concert orchestra plus two other dances from Lola on Sibelius Music.

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