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Articles tagged with "Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky"

An empathetic composer: How Tchaikovsky reflected his own life in Eugene Onegin

19 December 2015

In his operatic masterpiece, Tchaikovsky shows a real affinity for his characters, with musical intricacies revealing the depth of his characterization.

Intimate Truths: The private world of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

11 December 2015

Look closer at this masterpiece and you'll see an entirely new kind of opera, one which rails against the societal conventions its composer loathed.

The Nutcracker Dance Highlight: The Waltz of the Snowflakes

3 December 2015

Peter Wright’s magical choreography brings to life a swirl of beautiful snowflakes.

Watch: Semyon Bychkov on Eugene Onegin – ‘The story that touches everyone’

23 November 2015

The acclaimed Russian conductor explores his personal response to this great Russian opera, one of his ‘first operatic loves’.

Tchaikovsky Pas de deux Dance highlight: A thrilling, virtuoso dance for two

26 October 2015

The entire short work is a highlight in George Balanchine’s exuberant and demanding pas de deux, set to rediscovered music by Tchaikovsky.

Baton bashing: When videogame music and classical music come together

30 April 2015

From Tetris and Mario Bros. to Call of Duty and Bioshock, videogames have long used classical music to soundtrack on-screen adventures.

The Swan Lake mystery: An amalgam of different fairytales

19 February 2015

The exact authors of Swan Lake are unknown – but the ballet shows the influence of a variety of different fairytales.

Ballet Essentials: Swan Lake

2 February 2015

Our quick guide to Tchaikovsky’s soaring ballet masterpiece.

Ballet in Bloom: The Flower Waltz

24 December 2014

Ballet choreographers have long loved to craft swirling floral patterns for the corps de ballet, set to a waltz's gentle lilt.

When national dances meet tutus and pointe shoes

25 November 2014

Much more than just a bit of local colour, national dances were key to the development of ballet throughout the 19th century.

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