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  • Appalachian Spring : Aaron Copland
    - Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990) was an American composer. He won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for the ballet 'Appalachian Spring' (1944). Some of his other ballets are 'Grohg' (1925/32), 'Billy the Kid' (1938), 'Rodeo' (1942), and 'Dance Panels' (1959; 1962).

  • Checkmate : Arthur Bliss
    - Sir Arthur Bliss (1891 - 1975) was a British composer. He composed the music for the ballets 'Checkmate' and 'Miracle in the Gorbals'.

  • Cinderella : Sergei Prokofiev
    - Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (1891 - 1953) was a Ukranian-born Russian composer. Some of his ballets are 'The Prodigal Son', 'Romeo and Juliet' (1935-36), 'Cinderella' (1940-44) and 'The Tale of the Stone Flower'.

  • Coppélia : Léo Delibes
    - Léo Delibes (1836 - 1891) was a French composer of Romantic music. He is known for his ballets 'Coppelia' (1870) and 'Sylvia' (1876). His first ballet was 'La Source' (1866). He was one of the first prominent composers since the baroque.

  • Daphnis et Chloé (Daphne and Chloé) : Maurice Ravel
    - Maurice Ravel . He is known for his notable compositions in the ballets Daphnis et Chloé (Daphne and Chloé, 1909-12), Ma Mère L'Oye (Mother Goose, 1911) and Boléro (1928).

  • Don Quixote : Ludwig (Léon) Minkus
    - Ludwig (Léon) Minkus (1826 - 1917) is known for his music in the ballets 'Don Quixote' (1869), 'La Bayadère' (1877) and 'Paquita' (1881).

  • Facade : William Walton
    - Sir William Turner Walton (1902 - 1983) was a British composer. He is known for his ballets 'Façade' (1929-1981), 'The Wise Virgins' (1940) and 'The Quest' (1943).

  • Gayaneh (Gayane) : Aram Khachaturian
    - Aram Ilich Khachaturian (1903 - 1978) was a composer of classical music. He composed the ballets 'Spartak' (Spartacus) and 'Gayaneh' (Gayane). The final act of 'Gayane' features his very famous movement, the 'Sabre Dance'.

  • Giselle : Adolphe-Charles Adam
    - Adolphe-Charles Adam (1803 - 1856) was a French composer. He is best-known for his ballet 'Giselle' (1841).

  • Jeux : Claude Debussy
    - Achille-Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918) was a composer of impressionistic European classical music. He composed the music for Prelude a L'Apres-Midi d'un Faune (1894), Khamma (1912), La boîte à joujoux (1913) and Jeux (1913).

  • La Boutique Fantasque : Gioacchino Rossini
    - Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote sacred music, chamber music and over 30 operas. He composed the music for the ballet 'La Boutique Fantasque' (The Fantastic Toyshop).

  • Les Biches : Francis Poulenc
    - Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963) was a French composer and pianist. He was a member of the so-called 'Les Six'. He composed the music for 'Les Biches' (1924).

  • Les Patineurs (The Skaters) : Giacomo Meyerbeer
    - Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 - 1864) was a German operatic composer. He composed the music for the ballet 'Les Patineurs' (The Skaters).

  • Les Sylphides : Frederic Chopin
    - Frédéric-Franois Chopin (1810 - 1849) was one of the greatest Polish composers and an outstanding pianist. The ballet 'Les Sylphides' (1909) was originally called Chopiniana (after Chopin who composed the music). He is also known for his ballets 'Dances at a Gathering' (1969), 'In the Night' (1970) and 'A Month in the Country' (1976).

  • Petrushka (Petrouchka) : Igor Stravinsky
    - Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky (1882 - 1971) was a Russian - French - American composer of modern classical music. He is best known for his ballets L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird, 1910), Petrushka / Petrouchka (1911), Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring, 1913), Les Noces (The Wedding, 1923), Apollo (1928), Balustrade (1941), Danses Concertantes (1944), Orpheus (1948), Agon (1957) and Jewels (1967).

  • The Dying Swan (The Swan) (Le Cygne) : Camille Saint-Saëns
    - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) was a French composer and performer. He is known for the music in the solo ballet The Dying Swan, which is the thirteenth movement in the 14-movement musical suite Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals, 1886).

  • The Gods Go A'Begging : George Frideric Handel
    - George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759) was born in Germany but died in London. He is famous for his opera 'Orlando' and his ballets 'Ariodante' and 'Alcina'.

  • The Good-Humoured Ladies : Domenico Scarlatti
    - Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757) was an Italian composer of the baroque era. He composed the music for 'The Good-Humoured Ladies' (1917).

  • The Sleeping Beauty : Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893) was a Russian composer of the Romatic era. His Anglicised name is Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. He is known for his ballets 'Swan Lake' (1875-76), 'The Sleeping Beauty' (1888-89) and 'The Nutcracker' (1891-92).

  • The Three Cornered Hat : Manuel de Falla
    - Manuel de Falla y Matheu (1876 - 1946) was a Spanish composer of classical music. He is known for his ballets 'El amor brujo' (Love the Magician, 1915) and 'Le Ticorne' or 'El sombrero de tres picos' (The Three-Cornered Hat, 1917).

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