Swan Lake
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Up 3. 11th of Tchaikovsky's 12 entries, and the highest-placed ballet.

When Swan Lake was premiered in 1877, the reception it garnered was lukewarm at best. Never mind what the audiences back then thought: it was the dancers who gave the composer a particularly hard time, declaring his music to be simply too difficult to dance to.