Swan Lake
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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The ninth of Tchaikovsky's 12 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This reached its highest position of number 30 in both 2011 and 2013.

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.