When we think of ballet music today, we think of some of the great musical masterpieces written by some of the most well-known composers of our time. For example, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is one of the most recognizable ballets thanks to its music.
However, the composition of ballet music wasn’t always valued with reverence. Until the late 19th century, writing ballet music was work that average craftsmen would complete. At that time, the music was deemed in its simplest form: a string of notes that were easy to dance to. It was secondary and inferior to the choreography.
In the late 19th century, ballet choreographers began working in tandem with composers to create dance and music that showcased masterful talent. Swan Lake was one of the first musical ballets that changed the tune for composers. The perception of ballet music began to shift and was eventually seen as a primary and essential part of a ballet performance that required expert skill.
Today, ballet music plays a prominent role in a dancer’s education and performance. Whether you’re a pianist, dancer, choreographer, or teacher, understanding the history of ballet music is essential. Listen to the below playlists as an intro to some of the most well-known ballets.
Ballet Music You Should Know
Intro to Balanchine Ballets
More Ballet Music You Should Know
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