This famous ballet was Tchaikovsky’s first, but it was not successful during his lifetime. The famous theme used at the end of Act I was part of a piece Tchaikovsky composed for his nieces and nephews, based on a German folk story.
This piece is on the easier side of late intermediate, with opportunities to practice 2 over 3 rhythms.
The Special Notes section details how the piece developed and evolved over time to become one of Pyotr’s best-known themes.
Key: A minor
Mood: sad, emotional, moving
Pedagogy: pedal, 2 over 3 rhythms, dynamics