On the rise and fall (or fall and rise) of Swan Lake

From Thérèse Hurley: Opening the door to a fairy-tale world: Tchaikovsky’s ballet music in Kant 2007: Cambridge Companion to Ballet:

Swan Lake: A Ballet in Four Acts (composed August 1875–10 April 1876) was premiered in Moscow on February 1877 to less than enthusiastic reviews, but the 1895 revival of the ballet by the choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, at the Maryinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, found much greater success. (Alas, Tchaikovsky did not live to see it.) For this later version upon which [most of] today’s productions are based – Tchaikovsky’s brother Modest reworked the libretto and the Maryinksy conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo reorchestrated the score, adding to it three of Tchaikovsky’s piano pieces from Op. 72, L’Espiègle, Valse Bluette and Un poco di Chopin, which he orchestrated as well.” (p.164/165)


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