I hope you can help me.
I just visited your wonderful site and was very impressed. I love
Tchaikovsky's music, especially his ballet music.
I did notice once important item missing from your site and that is a
listing of Tchaikovsky's music used in certain movie soundtracks, one in
particular, from the movie The Turning Point, starring Anne
Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine.
This excellent ballet movie finally made it to DVD a couple years
ago; unfortunately, it wasn't digitally re-mastered, to bring out its
musical quality. Anyway, there is a piece of Tchaikovsky's music that
was used in a certain ballet that I'm not familiar with.
If you watch the "Gala" part of the movie (this is where various
dances from popular ballets are being performed), there is a scene where
Anne Bancroft dances to a ballet called Anna Karenina, music by
Tchaikovsky. I've never heard of Tchaikovsky writing music for Anna
Karenina; therefore, his other music may have been used for this
ballet (like choreographer George Balanchine used alot of Tchaikovsky's
music to make his ballets). Can you please tell me what is the
Tchaikovsky music being used in Anna Karenina? Is it from an Opus
or a Symphony?
Also, at the end of the movie, Lesley Browne dances to one of
Tchaikovsky's gorgeous piano pieces.
Thank you for your time and I hope you can help me with this musical
I wish the Tchaikovsky Research continued success.
One of your readers wrote in asking about the music used in the film
"The Turning Point" described as "Anna Karenina" by Tchaikovsky. I, too,
am curious to know the real name of the composition. Was anyone able to
I am pleased to report that Mr Luis Sundkvist has pointed out that
the music in question is the central love theme from the symphonic
ballad The Voevoda,
Op. 78 (not to be confused with Tchaikovsky's early opera of the same
Many thanks for finding out the answer to my question regarding "The
Turning Point." Continued good wishes to you and the project.