Aloha my wonderful merfolk.
Did you know that before Walt Disney created his interpretation of the story of Sleeping Beauty, it was a ballet? It was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and was first performed in 1890.
Does the music sound a little familiar to you? That’s because a lot of the musical score from Walt Disney’s sleeping Beauty actually came from this ballet. The music is beautiful so of course Walt would want to use it!
Today I want to talk about the ballet and it’s composer. Classical music should be talked about more. It’s absolutely beautiful.
- The Sleeping Beauty is a ballet written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
- It was completed in 1889.
- It was first performed on January 15th 1890.
- It is made up of a prologue and three acts.
- The Prologue is set during the Christening of Princess Aurora.
- Act I focuses on the spell, ending as the Kingdom is put to sleep by one of the good fairies.
- Act II tells the story of a vision, ending with the Prince kissing Aurora and waking her.
- Act III is all about the wedding of the happy couple.
- The first ever performance of The Sleeping Beauty took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.
- The choreographer of the original ballet was by Marius Petipa.
- he was the ballet master of the Imperial Ballet.
- The ballet is based on the Brothers Grimm’s version of Sleeping Beauty.
- the focus of the ballet was the conflicting nature of good and evil.
- Tchaikovsky was never able to witness how popular Sleeping Beauty became outside of Russia as he died in 1893.
- by 1903, the Sleeping Beauty was the second most popular ballet performed by the Imperial Ballet.
- The Sleeping Beauty is Tchaikovsky’s longest ballet.
- At full length, including intermissions, it lasts nearly four hours.
- Without intermissions it is still nearly three hours long.
- Tsar Alexander III had referred to the Sleeping Beauty as ‘very nice’.
- Many other fairytale characters appear in the ballet.
- These include Puss in Boots, Cinderella, Prince Charming and Little Red Riding Hood.
- The Walt Disney Company filed for a registered trademark on the name Princess Aurora in March of 2007.
As the music is so beautiful I have shared a YouTube video below. It is nearly three hours long but is perfect to have on in the background if you are working or trying to relax.
I personally haven’t seen this ballet live but I know that if it comes to my city, I will be buying tickets to see it.
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