Making a Musical Difference

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Swan Lake Ballet Suite

Peter Tschaikowsky (1840-1893)

The oboe sample performed is from Act 1 of Tschaikowsky's 1875 Swan Lake Ballet Suite.

Against the sound of harps and strings, the oboe solo plays the music of the swan theme in Act 1. The three act ballet is a story of a prince who seeks and wins the queen of swans who is magically transformed into a beautiful maiden after daylight. She explains to the prince that she has been bewitched by an evil sorcerer’s spell that turns her into a swan during daylight hours unless a man swears his eternal fidelity and love for her. Throughout the ballet, the challenges the prince and swan queen must overcome in their journey to vanquish the spell are intriguing and in the end the spell is broken.

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