Faith Dane, Roxanne Arlen & Betty Bruce - You Gotta Have A Gimmick - Gypsy, 1962


Mazeppa (1993)

This scene shows a moment of the master Franconi’s youth, when he made a bet with the general (who also happens to be the father of the girl he loves).

Franconi believes he can cross the garrison’s courtyard from one end to the other at a canter pace - but in the span of a full hour.

And so he does - and even goes the extra mile as he ends his demonstration by crossing back the courtyard in a backwards canter.

More of Bartabas and this horse doing backwards gallop here

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The Battle at Poltava
  • The Battle at Poltava
  • Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Mazeppa

“The Battle of Poltava on 27 June 1709 was the decisive victory of Peter I of Russia over the Swedish forces under Field Marshal Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld, in one of the battles of the Great Northern War.

It is widely believed to have been the beginning of Sweden's decline as a Great Power, as the tsardom of Russia took its place as the leading nation of north-eastern Europe. The battle also bears major importance in Ukrainian national history: as hetman Ivan Mazepa sided with the Swedes, seeking to create an uprising in Ukraine against the tsardom.” (Wikipedia)

Played by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.


Mazeppa is a narrative poem written by the English romantic poet Lord Byron in 1819. It is based on a popular legend about the life of Ivan Mazepa (1639–1709), a Ukrainian gentleman. According to the poem, the young Mazeppa has a love affair with a Countess Theresa while serving as a page at the Court of King John II Casimir Vasa. Countess Theresa was married to a much older Count. On discovering the affair, the Count punishes Mazeppa by tying him naked to a wild horse and setting the horse loose. The bulk of the poem describes the traumatic journey of the hero strapped to the horse. The poem has been praised for its “vigor of style and its sharp realization of the feelings of suffering and endurance”. (wikipédia)

Le Supplice de Mazeppa par Louis Boulanger

Mazeppa Surrounded by Horses by John Frederick Herring, c1833

Mazeppa aux Loups par Horace Vernet, 1826

Mezeppa by John Martin

Mazeppa par Jean Louis Théodore Géricault, c1823

Cossack girl at Mazeppa ’s body par Théodore Chassériau, 1851


Gotta love Fat Judge (Nikolay Petrov?) lurking in the background. He can never be satisfied.


Transcendental Etude No. 4 “Mazeppa” by Franz Liszt

One of my life goals is to be able to learn the entire song and perform it. I started about 2 years back, stopped, and I hopefully will start picking this up again soon.

I love the top comment about how he lost 1200 calories from playing this song. I get more exercise from playing this than from anything I ever did in P.E.