Dance: To Tchaikovsky, a Rousing Tribute

New York City Ballet toasts a composer who set feet flying

Tchaikovsky, who loved to dance, was irresistibly attracted to writing ballets. If his structural sense of music was weak, he was a wizardly orchestrator who turned out waltzes and mazurkas that set feet flying. Along with Léo Delibes, he rescued ballet music from critical contempt.

One hopes that his seat in heaven has an unobstructed view of Manhattan's Lincoln Center because the New York City Ballet has been putting on a rousing festival there in his honor, with 13 new ballets by six choreographers...

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