National Geographic : 1943 Nov
In Honor of Tchaikovsky His Ballet "Swan Lake"- Was Given May 7, 1940, the Hundredth Anniversary ofHis Birth In Tsarist Russia the composer gained appreciation slowly. In Soviet Russia his works are heard perhaps moreoften than they areintheUnited States. This scene, a dance by bridal candidates, was performed at historic Bolshoi Theater, Moscow. Founded in 1825, it is devotedtoballet and opera. In1937 thetheater received the Order of Lenin (page 630). In wartime Russia "the ballet brings out the biggest crowds," says the author, "and 'Swan Lake' isthebest-loved ballet. ... The authorities have reasoned that there must be diversion and the best diversion is the theater" (page 629).