Aloisius Ludwig Minkus
Biography: Ludwig Minkus (1826–1917) was an Austrian composer of ballet music, a violin virtuoso and teacher.
Minkus is most noted for the music he composed while serving as Ballet
Composer of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres in Russia, where he wrote
for the original works and revivals of the renowned Ballet Masters Arthur
Saint-Léon and Marius Petipa.
Among the composer's most celebrated compositions for these Ballet Masters were La Source (1866; composed jointly with Léo Delibes), Don Quixote (1869); and La Bayadère (1877). During his career Minkus wrote a substantial amount of supplemental material for insertion into already existing ballets. Among these pieces, Minkus is most noted for the Grand Pas classique, Pas de trois and Mazurka des enfants written for Marius Petipa's 1881 revival of the ballet Paquita.
Today, Minkus's ballet music is some of the most popular and performed in all of ballet, and is a most integral part of the traditional classical ballet repertory.