Tchaikovsky, inspiration

Listeners from England and Rochester guessed (correctly) Thursday's mystery piece.  At 6:40 a.m. we heard a waltz from a ballet composed in 1875 as a commission for the Russian Imperial Theatres in Moscow: Valse intrada I from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. It was unsuccessful after its first year of performance. Conductors, dancers, and audiences thought it too complicated and hard to dance to. Tomorrow, see if you recognize a much-loved work based on Spanish folk melodies. Here’s an interesting interpretation of music from Swan Lake. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!