Masterworks #3 (Romantic Symphony) Program Notes

Masterworks #3 (Romantic Symphony) Program Notes Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a Tchaikovsky’s first ballet, Swan Lake (1877) was a revolutionary work. Its intensely dramatic score was so demanding for choreographer, dancers and orchestra that from its premiere, music from other composers was increasingly substituted for Tchaikovsky’s original score. The ballet itself was dropped from the repertoire after 1883 and was only revived in 1895, two years after the composer’s death, and even then in modified form. By 1888, with his