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

Today’s episode is the final installment in our little series about Tchaikovsky, and we’re going to be digging into all things Swan Lake.

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • Why dancers thought the music in the ballet score was undanceable
  • A bit of the story that is told through the music and dance of Swan Lake 
  • How Tchaikovsky completely changed ballet scores

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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