Tchaikovsky’s Cinderella?

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Daydream of a poster created with Wikimedia Commons Public Domain image.

It could have been Tchaikovsky’s first ballet.

But, it wasn’t. It never came into being at all. Ann Nugent explains:

“In 1870 he had occupied himself with large-scale ideas about writing a four-act ballet Cinderella, though he seems to have abandoned them fairly quickly, leaving no trace of any music he may have written for it.”

Swan Lake, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. 1985, p.14

Tchaikovsky, did, of course, later compose a mini version of the Cinderella story for the wedding scene in The Sleeping Beauty.

Here’s a clip of American Ballet Theatre‘s Courtney Lavine and Calvin Royal III performing to a piano arrangment of that piece in Alexei Ratmansky’s version of The Sleeping Beauty at Works & Process at the Guggenheim.

Do you wish Tchaikovsky had composed a full-length score for Cinderella?

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