Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 22: Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake


Episode #22 of Busy Kids Love Music marks the grand finale of our exploration into the captivating world of Tchaikovsky’s compositions. In this episode, we immerse ourselves in the enchanting realm of “Swan Lake,” a ballet masterpiece that not only tells a timeless story through music and dance but also marks a revolutionary turning point in the history of ballet scores.

Step into the elegant world of “Swan Lake” as we uncover the challenges faced by dancers who initially thought Tchaikovsky’s ballet score was undanceable. Learn about the magical complexities within the music that presented a unique set of hurdles for choreographers and dancers. Discover how, despite initial reservations, Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score became the backbone of one of the most beloved ballets in history.

Dive into the captivating narrative woven through the music and dance of “Swan Lake.” Unravel the tale of love, enchantment, and transformation as expressed through Tchaikovsky’s evocative melodies. From the elegant swan princess Odette to the mysterious sorcerer Rothbart, follow the emotional highs and lows of a story that has stood the test of time.

In this episode, we explore how Tchaikovsky’s contributions completely changed the landscape of ballet scores. From innovative musical techniques to the seamless integration of narrative elements, Tchaikovsky’s approach set a new standard, influencing the future of ballet music for generations to come.

Busy Kids Love Music is committed to making classical music and ballet history accessible and enjoyable for young minds. Episode #22 not only delves into the enchanting world of “Swan Lake” but also provides educational insights into the challenges of dance, the storytelling power of music, and Tchaikovsky’s revolutionary impact on ballet scores.

Whether you’re a parent eager to share the magic of classical ballet with your child or a young listener excited to learn about Tchaikovsky’s groundbreaking contributions, Episode #22 is a must-listen. Subscribe to Busy Kids Love Music on your preferred podcast platform, and let the elegant sounds of “Swan Lake” transport you into a world of enchantment.

Join me as we bid farewell to our Tchaikovsky series with the mesmerizing finale of “Swan Lake.” Happy listening!

Links Mentioned in the Episode:

Busy Kids Do Peter & the Wolf 

Episode 20: The Life of Tchaikovsky

Episode 21: The 1812 Overture

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Swan Lake Waltz (Tchaikovsky)

Swan Theme (Tchaikovsky)

Dance of the Little Swans (Tchaikovsky)

Finale (Tchaikovsky)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 22

Enjoy the links to performances connected to our theme of Swan Lake until our next episode airs in two weeks.

Day 1: Selections from Swan Lake performed by the LA Philharmonic & Misty Copeland

Day 2: Dance of the Little Swans

Day 3: Black Swan pas de deux

Day 4: Swan Lake Theme with cello solo

Day 5: Finale

Day 6: Coda from the Black Swan pas de deux

Day 7: Odette’s Entrance

Day 8: The Dying Swan (song was written by Camille Saint-Saens for Carnival of the Animals but is often performed within Swan Lake)

Day 9: Shawn Mendes “In My Blood”/Swan Lake mash up by the Piano Guys

Day 10: The Four Little Swans….errr…..Frogs

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