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Ballet Director Note

Hi DAU Families!

Bits about Swan Lake and Ballet Music

Did you know that San Francisco Ballet currently is performing Swan Lake? And our very own DAU Ballet Company has also been rehearsing a few pieces from Swan Lake. DAUBC will be performing a portion of Swan Lake at our DAU recital in June.

2016 Repertory Season: Swan Lake: San Francisco Ballet

2016 Repertory Season: Swan Lake: San Francisco Ballet

The Swan Lake ballet is undoubtedly one of the most adorned and treasured ballets in the 400 years history of ballet. Most Swan Lake production is based off of the revival of the ballet by Ivanov and Petipa in 1895 in St. Petersburg of Russia. The music was written by the great Russian composer Peyte Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1876. At that time, Tchaikovsky was very inspired by the “specialists” who wrote ballet scores during most part of the 19th century. Among the most inspiring names, one was the French composer Adolphe Adam who wrote Giselle in 1844. Another great composer who contributed significantly to the romantic period of music and ballet was Ludwig Minkus from Austria who wrote ballet scores for Don Quixote, La Bayadere and Paquita. Another name to be remembered is Leo Delibes, also a French composer during the Romantic period, gave us music for Coppelia and Sylvia.

In addition to many symphonies, orchestral suites, and many other great works of music, Tchaikovsky went on and composed full length ballet scores for Sleeping Beauty, and last but not least, the Nutcracker!

Till this day, classical ballet, neoclassical as well as contemporary ballet all draw inspiration from the great fortune of music that was gifted to us since the renaissance times, from Bach to Adam, from Tchaikovsky to Prokofiev.

Next time when you watch a beautiful ballet performance, take a look in the program to find who wrote the music. Without music, dance can hardly exist. With inspiration from music, or accompaniment of music, choreographers and dancers find words for poetry – moving poetry of dance.

Ms. Julie

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