His supreme gift of melody assures Tchaikovsky (1840–93) of an enduring place in the hearts of performers and audiences worldwide. This quality, his delight in music for dance, and his masterly orchestration come together in the important works he composed for ballet. Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty spotlight Tchaikovsky at his very best. Staples of the repertoire in ballet companies after a century of constant productions, these works still thrill audiences with their sweeping romanticism, lush melodies, musical invention, and brilliant evocations of theatrical atmosphere. This volume contains the full orchestral suites from both ballets, reproduced in full score from authoritative editions. Now musicians and music lovers can study and enjoy these enchanting works in one handsome, high-quality edition.