Do you know that scene of Walt Disney’s Fantasia where hippos, crocodiles and ostriches dance,whirling in the air like ballet dancers?
I know it, you must know it! La danza delle ore is part of the opera: “la Gioconda“, composed between 1874 and 1876 by Amilcare Ponchielli, the second most important composer (after Verdi) of the end of the 19th century.
La danza delle ore, takes its name from an Arrigo Boito’s ( a librettist) idea. He imagined twelve dancers moving in a circle (the hours) and two dancers in the middle (the hour\minute hand). And thanks to this dance, the “gioconda” travelled round the world,with success and glory.
If you would like to perform the “danza delle ore” at the piano, I have found both the original score and the arrangement. I’m gonna propose them to you, and as you may guess the original score is definitely far more complicated than the other one. Make your choice.