Classics of the Phonograph

Ballet Suites


Ballet music is one of the most popular classical music genres of the 20th century. Composers have long ago discovered that choosing separate numbers from a full length ballet to form a suite was a very lucrative way to get maximum exposure from their music. On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some ballet suites which have become enduring top hits in the concert hall.  


Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake excerpts; Nutcracker excerpts
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, 1911, excerpts, ending with Dance of King Kaschei; 1919 suite, excerpts: Lullaby and Finale
Copland: Appalachian Spring, excerpts from the original ballet omitted in Suite