Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840- 1893) Incredible though it may now seem, both “Swan Lake” and ‘The Nutcracker” ballets were failures when first presented.
Leo Delibes (1836- 1891) Although “Iii Source” is generally credited to Delibes, a large part of the music was actually written by Ludwig Minkus (1827 1896). As a ballet it has been overshadowed by Delibes’ later “Coppelia” and “Sylvia”. but the music (particularly the charming little waltz. known under the ballet’s alternative title of Naila) remains familiar, and the Dance Circassienne in particular is a welcome and lively addition to these ballet scenes.
Georges Bizet (1838- 1875) The second suite of Bizet’s incidental music to Alphonse Daudet’s play “L’Arlesienne” was compiled after his death and re-scored for larger orchestra by Ernest Guiraud. who included the Minutetto from Bizet’s earlier “Fair Maid Of Perth”. The Farandal is basically a peasant dance based on a Provencal melody Dance des Chivaus-Frus, but set to the counterpoint melody of the Marcho dei Rei it becomes an exciting and superb orchestral show piece.
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