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Verdi and Tchaikovsky

Having just seen Verdi's "Aida", my husband and I were struck by the Tchaikovsky like music in the Act. II, scene ii dance. Is there any evidence Verdi "borrowed" from Tchaikovsky's ballet music when he composed the music for the dance in his second Act of "Aida" or, at least strongly influenced by Tchaikovsky?

Mary Wolfman
05/02/2012 04:29

Bearing in mind that Aida was premiered in 1871, six years before Tchaikovsky's first ballet Swan Lake, it's more likely that Tchaikovsky was influenced by Verdi, rather than vice-versa.

Brett Langston
07/02/2012 20:00

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