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The "Sabre Dance" is a movement in the final act of the ballet Gayane (1942) by Aram Khachaturian. It is considered Khachaturian's most famous work. It is based on Armenian folk music, especially its middle section. The "Sabre Dance" was made popular by covers of pop artists. It has been used used by figure skaters and in a wide range of films and TV series. NPR described it as "one of the catchiest, most familiar—perhaps most maddening—tunes to come out of the 20th century." Billboard magazine called it "a piece that's known to every pops orchestra in existence."
In 1948, the "Sabre Dance", played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Artur Rodziński), the New York Philharmonic (conducted by Efrem Kurtz), and Oscar Levant, reached number one in the Billboard Best-Selling Records by Classical Artists. These three versions of the "Sabre Dance" were included in the Billboard "The Year's Top Selling Classical Artists Over Retail Counters" in 1948. It also became the first million-selling record of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In popular culture
The "Sabre Dance" has been used in numerous films, animated films, TV series, video games and commercials over the years. The piece's popular familiarity has been enhanced by its traditional use as accompaniment by travelling circuses and on television variety shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show when novelty acts such as plate spinners appeared. The National Hockey League team Buffalo Sabres currently use the piece as a theme song.
Some notable TV shows that have used it include The Jack Benny Program (1961), A Piano in the House from The Twilight Zone (1962), The Onedin Line (1971 and 1972), The Benny Hill Show (1985), The Simpsons (1991–2011), Two and a Half Men (2004), What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2004), "Peterotica" episode of Family Guy (2006), SpongeBob SquarePants (2007), The Big Bang Theory (2009).
Films in which the "Sabre Dance" was used:
- The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
- One, Two, Three (1961)
- The System (1964)
- Amarcord (1973)
- Nu, pogodi! 6th episode "Countryside" (1973)
- Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
- Radioland Murders (1994)
- The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
- Don't Drink the Water (1994)
- I Married a Strange Person! (1997)
- Vegas Vacation (1997)
- A Simple Wish (1997)
- 'Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
- Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
- Scoop (2006)
- Sicko (2007)
- Ghost Town (2008)
- Witless Protection (2008)
- Le Concert (2009)
- Paper Birds (es) (2010)
The "Sabre Dance" has been used by numerous figure skaters, including:
|1993–1994||Michelle Kwan||short program|
|1998–1999||Johnny Weir||short program|
|1999–2000||Evgeni Plushenko||short program|
|2001–2002|| Stanislav Morozov
|2001–2002||Takahiko Kozuka||short program|
|2004–2005|| Stanislav Morozov
|2004–2005||Daisuke Takahashi||short program|
|2005–2006||Takahito Mura||short program|
|2006–2007|| Maximin Coia
|2007–2008||Ryuju Hino||short program|
|2012–2013||Julia Lipnitskaia||short program|
- Motyl, Alexander (2001). Encyclopedia of Nationalism, Two-Volume Set, Volume 2. San Diego, California: Academic Press. p. 268. ISBN 9780080545240. "The bellicose "Sabre Dance," characterizing Armenian Kurds, became Khachaturian's undisputable "hit.""
- "Khachaturian: “Sabre Dance” from Gayaneh". University of North Georgia Department of Music. 15 October 2013. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. "“The Sabre Dance” from the ballet suite Gayne [GUY-nuh] by Aram Khachaturian is by far this 20th Century Armenian composer’s most famous work. The “Sabre Dance” has been used in numerous films, animated films, TV series, video games and commercials over the years."
- Kriebel, Robert C. (1995). Blue Flame: Woody Herman's Life in Music. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press. p. 127. ISBN 9781557530738. "The fast, folk song-based "Sabre Dance stayed true to the original in the ballet Gayne for a while..."
- Helper, Allegra; Wasatch, Juanita (16 April 2002). "Facets Model Assignment: "Sabre Dance"". Weber State University. Retrieved 13 October 2013. "Khachaturian's strongest technique in "Sabre Dance" is its pulsating rhythm. He also uses a fast tempo, repetitive theme, and a simple melody to express happiness and patriotism. Khachaturian uses rich orchestrations including brass and woodwind instruments along with percussion, which helps to express Armenian folk music."
- "2011-2012 Concerts for Young People: Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) “Sabre Dance” from Gayane". Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved 13 October 2013. "The “Sabre Dance” is in the final act. It is where the dancers display their skill with sabres. Its middle section is based on an Armenian folk song..."
- Huizenga, Tom (5 June 2003). "The 'Sabre Dance' Man". NPR. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- "Casey At The Bat". Billboard: p. 103. 15 September 2007.
- Retail Record Sales: Best-Selling Records by Classical Artists. Billboard. 10 April 1948. p. 30.
- Retail Record Sales: Best-Selling Records by Classical Artists. Billboard. 26 June 1948. p. 27.
- Retail Record Sales: Best-Selling Records by Classical Artists. Billboard. 10 April 1948. p. 39.
- Retail Record Sales: Best-Selling Records by Classical Artists. Billboard. 15 May 1948. p. 25.
- The Year's Top Selling Classical Artists Over Retail Counters. Billboard. 1 January 1949. p. 19.
- Hoffman, Frank, ed. (2005). Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound, Volume 1: A-L. New York: Routledge. p. 184. ISBN 9780203484272.
- The Andrews Sisters - Sabre dance
- Oscar Levant - Sabre Dance in The Barkleys of Broadway
- Moiseiwitsch plays Khachaturian / Levant "Sabre Dance"
- Woody Herman And The Second Herd The Road Band Volume 1 & 2 Sabre Dance
- "Liberace Plays the Saber Dance ...". EVTV1. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- Liberace playing Saber Dance
- Les Baxter & His Orchestra - Sabre Dance
- Sabre Dance - Jerry Murad's Harmonicats
- Takeshi Terauchi & Bunnys - Sabre Dance
- SABRE DANCE live (1968) by Love Sculpture - on John Peel's radio show
- Spontaneous Combustion Sabre Dance Composed by Dave Edmunds
- Ekseption-Sabre Dance
- The Boys - Sabre Dance
- covered it during 1979 live shows, a recording appears on the two disc 2006 reissue of their eponymous debut album audio
- The Sabre Dance - Serge Camps
- Nina Hagen - The Lord's Prayer (Live at Montreux 1985)
- UK SUBS Sabre Dance
- The Toy Dolls - Sabre Dance
- Mekong Delta-Sabre Dance
- "Wolf Hoffmann". Dinosaur Rock Guitar. May 28, 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- Accept - 02 - Sodom & Gomorrah
- Master's Hammer - Savlovy tanec
- Skyclad - Sabre Dance
- release date http://www.amazon.com/Khachaturian-Sabre-Dance-Gayane-Heifetz/dp/B001FE8AWA
- J. Heifetz Plays "Sabre Dance" (Khachaturian)
- Sabre Dance - Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra / "Live 1994/2004"
- Vanessa Mae - Sabre Dance
- "Bond Classified review". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- Bond - Highly Strung
- James Galway - Sabre Dance - Aram Khachaturian
- Tony Levin - Resonator - Sabre Dance
- Sabre dance Khachaturian Cziffra / Eduardo Fernandez
- The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Sabre Dance
- Andre Rieu - Sabre Dance
- Starscape-Disco Biscuits-Sabre Dance
- Jelonek - Sabre Dance (A. Khachaturian)
- "Aram Khachaturyan". IMDb. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- "(article)". Amusement Business 83 (1) (Billboard Publications). 1971. "The Buffalo Sabres have a new old wrinkle. Miss Sandae Bafo, a smooth lass on the blades entertains between periods with her special rendition of Khachaturian's fiery Sabre Dance."
- "The Work Song Nanocluster". IMDb.
- Eddie Robson (2003). Coen Brothers. London: Virgin Books. pp. 139–142. ISBN 1-57488-273-2.
- Debi Thomas 1986 Worlds EX
- Scott Hamilton - 1994 Canadian Pro SP Sabre Dance
- Michelle Kwan - 1994 NationsBank U.S. Olympic Festival on Ice
- "Johnny Weir". Ice Network. Archived from the original on 6 May 2012.
- 2000 Euros SP Plushenko - Sabre Dance
- "Aliona SAVCHENKO / Stanislav MOROZOV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 October 2002.
- "Takahiko Kozuka". Ice Network. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- "Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Stanislav MOROZOV: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 March 2005.
- "Daisuke TAKAHASHI: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 December 2004.
- Daisuke Takahashi-2004 Eric Bompard SP
- "Takahito MURA: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 May 2006.
- "Adeline CANAC / Maximin COIA: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 April 2007.
- "Julia LIPNITSKAIA: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012.
- Julia Lipnitskaia - 2013 World Junior Championships - SP
- Article with several recordings, NPR
- "Sabre Dance" on YouTube, Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Seiji Ozawa