Music may be composed specially for a ballet. Distinguishing feature of the ballet music: it is the orientation on the emotional character and motility of dance movement, connection between scene activity.
But a choreographer usually chooses music that has been already composed and recorded. Music also can give the choreographer idea of the future ballet. When choreographers select music, they think about what the music may say. They can work with a dramatist, who write the story of ballet, or work alone.
Ballet movements which are found by the ballet master not always follow the music’s rhythms exactly. These movements must correspond to the music’s general character. One of the first ones, who put ballets not designed for the music on the scene, was Alexander Gorsky.
Alexander Gorsky, russian ballet-master, artist and teacher (1871-1924)
Alexander Gorsky a Russian ballet choreographer and a contemporary of Marius Petipa, is known for restaging Petipa’s classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and The Nutcracker. Gorsky sought greater naturalism, realism, and characterization in ballet. He valued acting skills over bravura technique a showy display of skills such as many turns or high jumps.) His interpretations of ballets were often controversial and he often used artists outside the dance world to create sets and costumes.
Alexander Gorsky choreographed, restaged, and revived many ballets. He created many of his own ballets but it was his restaging of Marius Petipa’s ballets that have become more well known. Some say he paved the way for Michel Fokine’s work Some of Gorsky’s ballets were Gudule’s Daughter.
Of the Bolshoi Theatre’s classical repertory Gorsky revived the Petipa/Ivanov version of La Fille mal gardée for the first time in 1903. Gorsky’s version would become the basis for nearly every production staged in Russia and the west for decades), the Petipa/Ivanov revival of Swan Lake, Petipa’s Don Quixote, La Bayadère and Raymonda. He also revised The Nutcracker and Petipa’s revival of Arthur Saint-Léon’s The Little Humpbacked Horse.