We are sure that ballet fans love the music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, but there is many other famous ballet music that inspires people.
Swan Lake tells the story of a princess, who turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The premiere of the ballet took a place on March 4th in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The ballet was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is today one of the most popular ballets of all time. At the premier, all dancers declared that the music is too difficult to dance to as this music has such a richness and depth. We are sure that when someone is thinking about ballet, they have the music of Tchaikovsky in mind because he was a master of ballet music.
The Nutcracker is performed by countless ballet companies all over the world and the music of this performance was also written by Tchaikovsky. The focus of this ballet storyline is a girl Clara who receives a magnificent nutcracker in Prussian uniform as a present from her uncle that comes to life on Christmas Eve. The story of the Nutcracker is loosely based on the E.T.A. Hoffmann fantasy story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
The Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeping Beauty was performed as a ballet in 1890 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre of St Petersburg. Not a big surprise that the music was composed by Tchaikovsky again. This ballet is one of the world’s most popular ballets based on a romantic fairy tale. Sleeping Beauty is the enchanting story of the princess Aurora. The evil fairy Carabosse was upset for not having been invited to the christening celebration, as a result, she condemns the young princess with a curse that only a kiss of the Prince Charming can break those spells. The composer considered this piece of music to be one of his best works even though he had written it in a short time.
Rome and Juliet
William Shakespeare’s play Rome and Juliet can probably be called the most famous love story all over the history of literature. The music to the ballet comes from Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. In December of 1938, Romeo and Juliet was first performed in Brno in the then Czechoslovakia. The ballet begins with feuding between the Capulets and the Montagues. Romeo Montague crashes a party at the Capulet house where he first meets Juliet Capulet and falls in love with her. The ballet consists of 52 separate dance numbers.
The ballet performance Winter’s Tale is based on William Shakespeare’s play also. The ballet in three acts was choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon with a commissioned score by Joby Talbot. Wheeldon’s ballet combines elements of tragedy, comedy, and romance filled with intense psychological drama. The ballet was first presented at the Royal Opera House of London on the10th of April in 2014. In this ballet Leontes the jealous king of Sicilia falsely accuses his pregnant wife Hermione having an affair with his childhood friend Polixenes the king of Bohemia. Hermione dies and Leontes exiles his daughter.