Ballet is defined by dance, but supporting the visual drama are some of the greatest musical treasures in the classical canon. This handy reference guide from Classic FM explores the world's most popular ballets, considering the great choreographers, dancers and, of course, composers who have created the most stunning performances of this incredible art form, along with plenty of musical recommendations along the way. From its early inception at the French court to modern-day developments and interpretations, ballet has long had a popular following. Packed full of essential information, this pocket-sized handbook explores the history, performers, composers and music, highlighting the very best ballets and the standout tracks that should feature in the collection of any aficionado. Classic FM's Handy Guides are a fun and informative set of introductions to standout subjects within classical music, each of which can be read and digested in one sitting: a perfect collectible series whether you're new to the world of classical music or an aficionado.