Swan Lake (Children's Book)

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Swan Lake (Children's Book)
By: Ji-yeong Lee, Gabriel Pacheco

Tchaikovsky's beautiful ballet comes to life as a picture book with stunning and moody illustrations from renowned Mexican artist Gabriel Pacheco.

Beautifully illustrated by recognized children's book artists, the one-of-a-kind Music Storybooks series presents famous operas, ballets, and suites in picture book form. Children can discover the stories of the most famous works of the great composers in a fresh and accessible format.

  • Pages: 44
  • Dimensions: 9 x 11 1/2
  • Reading Grade Level: 4
  • Interest Grade Level: 3-6
  • Ages: 5-12


 



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History

Ballet

In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
 
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.

 

 

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