Ballets Russes - Music

Music

Diaghilev secured the employment of many great music composers for his ballets. This served to distinguish his ballets from many 19th-century ballets, for which the music had usually been provided by less inspired composers such as Drigo, Minkus, and Pugni.

Diaghilev commissioned many original scores, and borrowed freely from the existing musical canon. His ballets included music by artists such as Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Ravel, Satie, Respighi, Igor Stravinsky and Richard Strauss.

The impressario also engaged conductors who were, or became eminent in their field during the 20th century, including Pierre Monteux (from 1911 to 1916 and 1924), Ernest Ansermet (1915 to 1923) and Roger Désormière (1925 to 1929).

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