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   De-Falla
       Dance of Neighbours, from Three Cornered Hat (El Sombero de Tres Picos) (De-Falla) (Ballet Music)

1    Dance of Neighbours, from Three Cornered Hat (El Sombero de Tres Picos)

       Ritual Fire dance from El Amor Brujo (De-Falla) (Ballet Music)

1    Ritual Fire dance from El Amor Brujo


   Delibes
       Coppelia Ballet - Czardas (Delibes) (Ballet Music)

1    Czardas theme 1


2    Czardas theme 2

       Coppelia ballet, Act I, Prelude (Delibes) (Ballet Music)

1    Prelude, 1st theme in 4/4 time.


2    Prelude, 2nd theme - main waltz theme


3    3rd theme of Prelude - (Mazurka theme)

       Coppelia Ballet, Waltz (Delibes) (Ballet Music)

1    Coppelia Ballet, Waltz

       Sylvia - Bacchus March (Delibes) (Ballet Music)

1    Main theme of Bacchus's March

       Sylvia - Chasseresses (Delibes) (Ballet Music)

1    Main theme

       Sylvia - Pizzicato (Delibes) (Ballet Music)

1    Main theme

       Sylvia - Prelude (Delibes) (Ballet Music)

1    Main slow theme, tutti

       Sylvia - Valse Lente (Delibes) (Ballet Music)

1    Main theme

       Theme Slave from Act 1 of Coppelia Ballet (Delibes) (Ballet Music)

1    Theme Slave - theme 1


   Gade
       Bridal Waltz from Et Folkesagn (Gade) (Ballet Music)

1    First theme


2    Second theme


   Gliere
       Russian Sailors' Dance, from Red Poppy Suite (Gliere) (Ballet Music)

1    main theme


   Gluck
       Dance of the Blessed Spirits - from Orpheus and Euridice (Gluck) (Ballet Music)

1    Dance of the Blessed Spirits - from Orpheus and Euridice


   Gounod
       March from Faust (Gounod) (Ballet Music)

1    March from Faust


   Khachaturian
       Spartacus - Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (Khachaturian) (Ballet Music)

1    Main theme appears on the oboes after a quiet intro by the violins.


   Massenet
       Aragonaise from Le Cid (Massenet) (Ballet Music)

1    Aragonaise from Le Cid

       Castillane from Le Cid (Massenet) (Ballet Music)

1    Main theme


   Ponchielli
       Dance of the Hours, from La Gioconda (Ponchielli) (Ballet Music)

1    Flutes, glockenspiel, and violins shimmer in the "Hours of dawn" (Le ore dell'aurora)


2    " Danza delle ore del giorno" (Dance of the hours of day). This is the tune everyone knows, on flutes and 1st violins.


3    "Sortano le ore della sera" with flutes and oboes playing a minor tune against pizzicato strings.


   Prokofiev
       Romeo and Juliet Suite - Madrigal - Love theme (Prokofiev) (Ballet Music)

1    Romeo and Juliet Suite - Madrigal - Love theme


   Rossini
       Can Can, from La Boutique Fantasque Ballet (Rossini) (Ballet Music)

1    First theme


2    Second theme

       Danse Cosaque, from La Boutique Fantasque Ballet (Rossini) (Ballet Music)

1    First theme


2    Second theme

       Galop, from La Boutique Fantasque Ballet (Rossini) (Ballet Music)

1    Main theme

       Mazurka, from La Boutique Fantasque Ballet (Rossini) (Ballet Music)

1    Main theme

       Nocturne, from La Boutique Fantasque Ballet (Rossini) (Ballet Music)

1    Main tune

       Overture, from La Boutique Fantasque Ballet (Rossini) (Ballet Music)

1    First theme


2    Second theme


3    Third theme

       Tarantella, from La Boutique Fantasque Ballet (Rossini) (Ballet Music)

1    Main tune

       Valse Lente, from La Boutique Fantasque Ballet (Rossini) (Ballet Music)

1    Main tune


   Stravinsky
       Firebird Suite - The Princess's Round Dance (Stravinsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Firebird Suite - The Princess's Round Dance

       Rite of Spring - Adoration of the Earth (Stravinsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Rite of Spring - Adoration of the Earth


   Tchaikovsky
       Adagio - Pas D'Action - from Act 1, Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Another sweeping melody on the high violins.

       Arabian Dance, from Act 2, Nutcracker ballet (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    This mysterious tune is played by the clarinets, after 4 bars of muted low octaves on the cellos and violas.


2    This second tune is played by the violins, still mystic, in G minor key.

       Chinese Dance, from Act 2, Nutcracker ballet. (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    After the bassoons set up a plodding, comic rhythmic background, the flute soars up with this tune.

       Dance of the Reed Pipes from Act 2, Nutcracker Ballet (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    After a two-bar introductory um-pah from the pizzicato lower strings, this flute melody is played by three flutes in close harmony.

       Dance of the Sugar Plum fairy from Act 2, Nutcracker ballet (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    This fairy-like theme is played on the celesta after 4 bars of pizzicato pianissimo chords from the strings.

       Introduction and Dance of the Lilac Fairy (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Main theme enters quietly, after a boisterous introduction by the full orchestra

       March, from Act 1, Nutcracker ballet (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    This main theme is introduced by the trumpets and clarinets

       Miniature Overture, from Nutcracker ballet (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    First theme, pianissimo, very light texture employing only violins and violas.


2    Second theme, cantabile on 1st violins, backed by syncopated pizzicato chords on 2nd violins and violas.

       Neapolitan Song (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Neapolitan Song

       Panorama from Act 2, Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    The top melody divides each 6/8 bar into 3 crotchets, against the accompaniment in a regular 6/8 rhythm.

       Swan Lake Act 1 - Waltz (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Swan Lake Act 1 - Waltz,Introductory descending scale passage on strings


2    Main theme of waltz, on first violins.

       Swan Lake Act 2 - Pas d'Action (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Violin solo, main theme of this Pas D'Action after the harp introduction.

       Swan Lake Act 2 - Scene (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Swan Lake Act 2 - Scene

       Swan Lake Act 2, Dance of the Swans (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Swan Lake Act 2, Dance of the Swans

       Swan Lake Act 3 - Hungarian Dance and Czardas (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Stately processional theme introducing the dance, dominated by the brass.


2    The dance starts with a slow dramatic tune on the strings.


3    The dance speeds up energetically, with a flurrying tune on the violins.

       Swan Lake Act 3 - Neopolitan Dance (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Main trumpet theme of this Neopolitan Dance.

       Swan Lake Act 4 - Finale (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Finale starts with the sad theme of the 'Scene' and the ballet intro

       Trepak, or Russian Dance, Act 2, Nutcracker ballet (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    This dance is introduced molto vivace by the strings and woodwinds.

       Waltz of the Flowers (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Opening tune on the woodwinds, interspersed with glittering harp arpeggios.


2    The main waltz tune, on french horns..


3    Second waltz theme, on violins, another knockout sweeping Tchaikovsky tune!


4    Third waltz theme, played by flutes and oboes, interspersed with gliding scales on the strings, and accompanied by the harp.


5    Fourth theme is played by cellos and violas, an animated expressive passage in the relative minor key.

       Waltz, from Act 1, Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky) (Ballet Music)

1    Main waltz theme (after a brief introduction)

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