Nothing spells elegance and sonic beauty like listening to the ballet masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and all the composers offered in the Ballet channel. Before Tchaikovsky, composing for ballet was considered to be separate from symphonies. Ballet music was simpler and easy to dance to, mostly created as an accompaniment for dances. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake revolutionized ballet composition, as it was the first ballet score to be created by a symphonic composer. Inspired by Tchaikovsky’s innovation, ballet composition became more complex, with music becoming a part of the performance in its own right. In the late 19th century, Marius Petipa, a French ballet choreographer and dancer, collaborated with Tchaikovsky on the creation of The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker ballets, and even helped revise Swan Lake after Tchaikovsky’s death.