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12 Best Ballet Music You Must Listen To

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Here we go guys, In this article, we will be looking for the best Ballet Music you must listen to. The world of Ballet is beautiful. It tells a story through the performance which is performed on a music composition that either already exists or is created specifically for the performances.

As we all know, The dance form, forming in France during the 17th century, started as a histrionic dance. It was not until the 19th century that ballet achieved its position as a “classical” form. In ballet, the terms ‘classical’ and ‘romantic’ are chronologically reversed from melodic usage. Some of the top ballet music are:  

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12 Best Ballet Music You Must Listen To

1. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake 1876

A story of love and the music filled with it. Pyotr created the ballet music for this story in 1876 which has 4 acts. The ending is originally tragic for this story but it has been changed in some performances.

The story is about a princess who becomes a swan during the day and returns to her human form only at night, due to a curse. Only someone who loves her truly and has never loved before can free her from this curse. This ballet is a very famous performance and must be known by most of you. The music is definitely one of the bests.  

2. Waltz Of The Flower From The Nutcracker (1892)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky created a list of compositions for the ballet The Nutcracker and this is one of the most famous ones amongst them. This music piece played in Act II of the ballet.

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3. Dance Of The Knights

A score from Act I, scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 ballet. A classic story that is known and loved by all. It was composed by a Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. One of the Best Ballet Music ever.

4. Nocturne In E-Flat Major, Op 9 No. 2

Chopin’s piano pieces are one of the most famous ones in the world, and op 9 no. 2 is something that plays universally. It is a perfect piece to do ballet on. This music can be used in many choreographies but is most famously used in the ballet ‘In the night’.

This ballet consists of three couples having different stories. The last married couple dances to this piece. One of the Best Ballet Music ever.

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5. Le Carnaval Des Animaux

Or The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns circa is a piece from The Dying Swan, which is a solo dance choreographed by Mikhail Fokine. As the name suggests, it depicts the dying moments of a swan.  

6. Sabre Dance

In the ballet Gayane(1942), a movement in the final act, by Aram Khachaturian. It is a lively dance that is done to celebrate the happy ending of the story. The couples Gayane and Kazakov, Armen and Aishe, Karen and Nune are getting married and thus get a happy ending.  

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7. Adagio Of Spartacus And Phrygia

Another composition by Khachaturian for the ballet Spartacus, Suite No. 2. This music is performed when lovers – Spartacus and Phrygia celebrate their escape from slavery. One of the Best Ballet Music ever.

8. Waltz Suite Op. 110

Sergey Prokofiev composed and compiled this during the period 1946-47, during Soviet Union’s post-Great Patriotic War. One of the Best Ballet Music ever.

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9. Make Up For Little Princess

This may not be a famous music composition but is something that I found on YouTube and loved it. I think you will also enjoy it so do check it out. It made me feel happy and mysterious at the same time.  

10. Birds of freedom

A piano piece by James Malikey is a recent piece and is again something I recommend to you. It is not been used for ballet till now but is really beautiful and can be used. Give it a listen.  

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11. Mariage D’amour (aka Chopin Spring Waltz)

The first time I listened to this music it made my eyes teary which happens very very rarely. It has a sadness, a beautiful sadness in it. It is composed by Paul de Senneville in 1979.  

12. A Maiden’s Prayer

A composition by Polish composer Tekla Badarzewska-Baranowska, published in 1856 in Warsaw. It has the feeling of waiting for someone to come home. Waiting for a family member to come back home after from war(or work).