When Tchaikovsky was invited to write a ballet music based on Perrault’s fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” in 1888, it was the beginning of the great collaboration in classical ballet. With choreography by Maricus Petipa, Sleeping Beauty premiered in Mariinsky Theatre in 1890, was Tchaikovsky’s first major success in ballet composition, and set a new standard for what is now called “Classical Ballet”.

The pas de deux in Act III, in particular, remained one of all time favorites in the whole of the ballet repertoire. While we tend to be amazed by great artistry and techniques of the dancers, the music itself has strong magic with beautiful melody, different pace and momentum, different weight and volume that reinforce the performance of the dance.

Margot Fonteyn and David Blair – Royal Ballet

Now listen to the piano recital version of Sleeping Beauty’s Act III Pas de deux adagio. You can find abundant colors and appeal originally in Tschaikovsky’s compostition.

Evgeni Bozhanov - Dance des Pages , Grand Pas de deux from " The Sleeping Beauty " , Arr.M.Pletnev (pas de deux starts from 2:00)

Extended reading:
Marius Petipa
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