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Ballet Music Category (or Ballet Music form)
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Ballet music is music specifically written to accompany dance performances in the theatre.

Ballet began in the late renaissance period, and was greatly influenced in the early baroque at the Versailles court of King Louis 14th of France. He was a dancer himself, nicknamed the Sun King because he danced the part of the sun god Apollo in 1653. Ballet evolved into an elaborate series of difficult movements and positions, requiring highly trained professional dancers. Ballet sequences in the baroque and classical period were often inserted into operas.

In the Romantic period, ballets were performed as a  stage work featuring only the music and dancing, and this is the period when the most famous 'classical' ballets were written. Composers worked closely with choreographers and costume designers to create an integrated work of art. Adam wrote the music for Giselle, Delibes wrote Coppelia, and, most famous of all, Tchaikovsky wrote his 3 ballet masterpieces, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker.

In the modern period, Stravinsky is pre-eminent as a ballet music composer, with Firebird, Petrushka, and Rite of Spring. The jagged rhythms and  extreme discordances of his music for the Rite of Spring were designed to accompany some very violent scenes of primitive prehistoric rituals.

Tunes belonging to the Ballet Music category. Audio is available for 54 tunes for this category.
No.Name of WorkComposerEnsemblePeriod
1 Bridal Waltz from Et FolkesagnGadeOrchestraRomantic
2 Coppelia Ballet SuiteDelibesOrchestraRomantic
3 Dance of Neighbours, from Three Cornered Hat (El Sombero de Tres Picos)De-FallaOrchestraImpressionist
4 Dance of the Blessed Spirits - from Orpheus and EuridiceGluckOrchestraBaroque
5 Dance of the Hours, from La GiocondaPonchielliOrchestraRomantic
6 Faust Opera. Ballet MusicGounodOrchestraRomantic
7 Firebird SuiteStravinskyOrchestraModern (Serious)
8 Gayane BalletKhachaturianOrchestraModern (Serious)
9 La Boutique Fantasque Ballet(arr. Respighi)RossiniOrchestraRomantic
10 Le Cid Ballet Music.MassenetOrchestraRomantic
11 Nutcracker Suite, from the BalletTchaikovskyOrchestraRomantic
12 Red Poppy Suite, from the BalletGliereOrchestraRomantic
13 Rite of Spring - Adoration of the EarthStravinskyOrchestraModern (Serious)
14 Ritual Fire dance from El Amor BrujoDe-FallaOrchestraImpressionist
15 Romeo and Juliet Suite - Madrigal - Love themeProkofievOrchestraModern (Serious)
16 Rosamunde Ballet MusicSchubertOrchestraRomantic
17 Sleeping Beauty - BalletTchaikovskyOrchestraRomantic
18 Spartacus BalletKhachaturianOrchestraModern (Serious)
19 Swan Lake BalletTchaikovskyOrchestraRomantic
20 Sylvia Ballet SuiteDelibesOrchestraRomantic
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