The Little Humpbacked Horse – Pugni – The Water Queen Variation


The Water Queen Variation (Female Variation) from The Little Humpbacked Horse

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The Little Humpbacked Horse” is a beloved ballet based on the Russian fairy tale of the same name. Set in a magical and enchanting world, the story follows the adventures of a young peasant named Ivan, who is ridiculed for his humpbacked horse. However, Ivan’s fortune takes a dramatic turn when the horse reveals itself to be a magical creature capable of remarkable feats.

With the help of his faithful equine companion, Ivan embarks on a thrilling journey filled with encounters with mystical beings, daring exploits, and a quest to win the heart of the Tsar-Maiden, a beautiful princess.

The ballet, originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon in the 19th century, has undergone various adaptations over the years, making it a classic in the Russian ballet repertoire.


A well-known figure in the realm of 19th-century ballet music was Cesare Pugni (1802–1870). Pugni, who was born in Genoa, Italy, showed promise as a musician at a young age and underwent professional piano and composition instruction. His work was mostly connected to Russia, where he was the chief composer for the St. Petersburg-based Imperial Ballet. Pugni’s extensive work, which included writing music for several well-known choreographers including Marius Petipa and Jules Perrot, made a significant contribution to the art of ballet.

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