Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty
Perhaps ballet’s most famous composer, Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky is the mind behind Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty… The list goes on.
It was twelve years between writing Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, and you can hear the maturity of Tchaikovsky as a composer between the two works. Every note is carefully placed to convey emotion, story or character. The orchestration went further to compliment ballet and subliminally reach audiences through musical devices.
“Tchaikovsky made ballet music respectable; he demonstrated what musical genius could do in this genre, and inspired generations.” – Nicolette Fraillon