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Tchaikovsky. Lithograph by L. Denis after a photograph by Reutlinger. Paris, [c.1890]

Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty

March 2014


This month the Royal Ballet is in the middle of a run of 19 performances of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. The Museum has recently acquired a rare first edition of the 4-hands arrangement, published in 1891, nearly two years after the ballet’s first performance (Maryinski Theatre, St. Petersburg, 15 January 1890) . Although uncredited, the arrangement was made by the 18-year-old Rachmaninov (revised by Tchaikovsky) and was his first published work.