Playing tracks by
Handel: Hornpipe from Water Music suite no 2, Delibes: waltz from Coppelia, Copland: Mexican dance and finale from Billy the Kid, Tchaikovsky: Dance of the reed flutes from Nutcracker Suite, Borodin: Polovtsian dances from Prince Igor and more.
These compositions nearly all come from either dance suites, ballet or operas where the style of the dance was formalised. Verdi for instance was obliged by the rules of the day in Paris to include a ballet during his operas; Bach wrote suites of music based on the formalised dances in the French court and Elgar sometimes included dance movements in his orchestral suites. You may well have heard many of these but wondered what they are - here is your chance to find out!