Igor Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Highlights)
Paul Chihara: The Tempest
Nino Rota

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While dance and music have been intertwined since their origins, the visual-corporeal-musical spectacle we call ballet has its origins in the 17th and 18th century French court. In its most common manifestations, ballet combines music and dance to tell a story. It was brought to perfection in the 19th century, peaking with France's Adolph Adam and Russia's Tchaikovsky. Stravinsky and Copland composed the most well-loved ballets of the 20th century, both representing the tradition of great ballet music arising as collaborations between composer and choreographer, such as that of John Cage and Merce Cunningham. For much of the 20th century new dance works were designated by the term "modern dance" rather than "ballet," and were more abstract in subject. Modern choreographers tend to draw eclectically on a variety of musical sources for their works. Meredith Monk is an inventive, contemporary creative figure whose works include both music and dance elements.

Ballet Artists Highlights

Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
Nino Rota
Nino Rota
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Maurice Ravel
Maurice Ravel
Harry Partch
Harry Partch
Max Richter
Max Richter

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Ballet Album Highlights

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Highlights)
Philharmonia Orchestra / ...
Tchaikovsky: The ...
Paul Chihara: The Tempest
Jean-Louis LeRoux
Paul Chihara: The Tempest
Greatest Hits of the Ballet, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Greatest Hits of the ...
Max Richter: Three Worlds – Music from Woolf Works
Max Richter
Max Richter: Three Worlds ...
Le Mariage du Ciel et de l'Enfer
Art Zoyd
Le Mariage du Ciel et de ...
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Funeral Song; Game of Cards; Concerto in D "Basel"; Agon
Gustavo Gimeno
Stravinsky: The Rite of ...

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Ballet Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20 André Previn / London Symphony Orchestra
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra Gustavo Gimeno
Giselle, ballet Herbert von Karajan
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra Igor Stravinsky
Coppélia, ou La fille aux yeux d'émail, ballet Barry Wordsworth / Orchestra Victoria
Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version) François-Xavier Roth / Les Siècles
Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64 Marin Alsop / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Le Corsaire, overture for orchestra, H. 101 (Op. 21) Leonard Slatkin / Orchestre National de Lyon
Appalachian Spring, concert suite for full orchestra Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin
Daphnis et Chloé, ballet for orchestra, M. 57 Leonard Slatkin / Orchestre National de Lyon / Spirito

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