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Sheet Music: Swan Theme

TitleSwan Theme
from Swan Lake
Alternate titlesSwan's Theme
Song of the Swans
Scène from Le Lac des cygnes
Opus numberOp. 20
ComposerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyB minor
RangeG4–C#6
Time signature4/4
Tempo84 BPM
Performance time0:50
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (59 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (1 kB) MP3 (626 kB)
Date added2010-03-12
Last updated2010-03-12
CategoriesBallet excerpts, Romantic

Performances

  • Zoe — Flute solo.
  • Lucas — Alto recorder.
  • Erin — Flute solo.

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Friday 12 March 2010

Tune of the Day: Theme from Swan Lake

by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake

According to Tchaikovsky's nephew, Tchaikovsky originally created the famous Swan's Theme for a little ballet called The Lake of the Swans he had written for the amusement of his relatives. The theme later made its way into the full-fledged Swan Lake score, and soon became the most famous music in the ballet. It is first heard near the close of the first act in the “Flight of the Swans”. The oboe introduces the enchanting theme with harp accompaniment, the whole creating a fantasy-like atmosphere of wonder and expectation.

The scenario of the ballet, which can be presented in either three or four acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales as well as an ancient German legend. It tells the story of Prince Siegfried and the beautiful maiden Odette, who was turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse.

Other Movements from the same Work

Danse des petits cygnes Flute trio
Danse Hongroise Flute solo
Waltz Flute solo