Tchaikovsky's Ballets: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker

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Clarendon Press, 1985 - Philosophy - 429 pages
Tchaikovsky's Ballets combines a detailed and thorough analysis of the music of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker with descriptions of the first productions of these works in Imperial Russia. A background chapter on the ballet audience, the collaboration of composer and balletmaster, and Moscow of the 1860's leads into an account of the first production of Swan Lake in 1877. A discussion of theater reforms initiated by the Director of the Imperial Theaters prepares the reader for a study of the still-famous 1890 St. Petersburg production of Sleeping Beauty. Wiley then explains how the Nutcracker, produced just two years after Sleeping Beauty, was seen in a much less favorable light than it is now. Separate chapters are devoted to the music of each ballet and translations of published libretti, choreographer's instructions to the composer, and the balletmaster's plans for Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker are reproduced in appendices.

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Although quite technical, this history and analysis of the creation and original productions of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker offers a great deal for the interested layperson. There is a ... Read full review

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some TRADITIONS I
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swan lake in MOSCOW
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THE MUSIC OF SWAN LAKE
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