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