05 January 2010


Tchaikovsky is a wondeful composer to study around the holidays, especially if you can squeeze in a performance of The Nutcracker!  Degas is a great artist to study with Tchaikovsky due to all his works featuring ballerinas.

Here's some resources we found helpful:

Tchaikovsky Discovers America
Peter Tchaikovsky (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)
Swan Lake
The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker; Prokofiev: Cinderella

Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty, Bolshoi Ballet (available through Netflix)
The Nutcracker Ballet (available through Netflix)
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake - Moscow Classical Ballet (available through Netflix)

And if you're a sucker like me:
Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition) I was pleased to discover this features much of Tchaikovsky's music from his ballet.
Barbie in The Nutcracker
Barbie of Swan Lake

But the biggest highlight was seeing a performance of Swan Lake and getting to meet Clara!

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