Tchaikovsky's magical ballet tells the story of the doomed love of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette.
Prince Siegfried goes out hunting one night and chases a group of swans – one of them transforms into a young woman, Odette, who explains that she and her companions were turned into swans by the evil Baron Von Rothbart.
In other versions there is a happy ending where the prince fight with Rothbart. The other versions say Rothbart surprises Odette while her and her friends were gathering flowers he turned all of them into swans.
After Tchaikovsky’s death in 1893 a memorial was given and there was a second act, rechoreographed by Lev Ivanov.
They are watched by her stepmother's companion Von Rothbart in the guise of an owl.
She and her companions have all been changed into swans by her wicked stepmother. She warns him that her stepmother is very dangerous. Recommended Recording Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre; Valery Gergiev (conductor). He used some of the music from this ballet for Swan Lake. She is under a magic spell that can only be broken by a man who will make a promise to love her for all time. He is tricked though by the magician who cast the spell. The first performance of Swan Lake was in Moscow at the Bolshoi Theater. One midnight prince Siegfried sees her and falls in love with her. There is going to be a ball at the castle where Siegfried lives. Odlie which is Rothbart’s daughter goes to the ball like a black swan. Every midnight is it that they become humans and only for a few hours.Indeed, the version most commonly encountered today is, in fact, an edited one, created after Tchaikovsky’s death and considerably shorter than the original, full-length work.It’s now the world’s most frequently performed ballet.Today, the ballet is adored by young and old: from the graceful Waltz in Act I to the playful Dance of the Cygnets, this is wonderfully innocent music.Tchaikovsky evidently enjoyed composing the music for , writing far more material than would ever be required. In 1871 he wrote a little ballet about swans for his nieces and nephews. The story of the ballet is based on a German fairy tale. The ballet ends with the deaths of Siegfried and Odette.