SWAN LAKE

(Main Theme)

When Tchaikovsky’s ballet SWAN LAKE was premiered in Moscow, in 1877, it was widely considered to be a failure. The critics hated the dancing, the set, the costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s music – which was described as being “too noisy”. It was later revived to great acclaim in 1895, sadly a year and two months after the composer’s death.

OTHER PIECES COMPOSED BY TCHAIKOVSKY

  • The ballets (including The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty)
  • The overtures (including The 1812 Overture and Romeo and Juliet)
  • Symphony no.6 – The Pathétique
  • Piano Concerto no.1

SWAN LAKE performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Public domain)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

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