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Swan Lake Theme, for Solo Cello and Piano

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By Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Piano Accompaniment, Cello - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Arranged by David McKeown. Romantic Period, Repertoire, General Instructional, Fairy Tales, Recital. Score, Solo Part. 9 pages. Published by David McKeown (S0.601731).

Item Number: S0.601731

Swan Lake, is the first ballet of three composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Here, the famous main theme is arranged for Solo Cello and Piano, directly from the orchestral score. The first performance of the ballet in Moscow in 1877 was not well received. The production was fraught with disagreements between choreographer and composer; the Russian audience were suspicious of the story’s Germanic origins and the music was regarded as too complex for ballet. Tchaikovsky did not live to see a triumphant revival production in 1895 that confirmed Swan Lake as one of the greatest ballet scores of all.

Included in the single download are six pages of piano score and a separate two-page part for the solo instrument. The short sample here and the full length version on the youtube link are from the Clarinet version of this arrangement.

Musicians at an intermediate level and above will find this ideal for formal and informal performances. The melody is expressive and legato; the accompaniment is challenging in parts, with tremolos and rich chords. Both parts require dramatic dynamic contrasts and the solo part explores a wide range of the instrument. The overall performance time is around two and a half minutes.

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