Igor Stravinsky composed the music to the ballet, Petrushka, in the years of 1910 and 1911. He later revised it in 1946.
The Ballet Petrushka is a tragic drama that takes place in 1830 during the Shrovetide Fair in Staint Petersberg, Russia. It shows the love interests and jelousies of three puppets. The puppets are brought to life by a character called the Charlatan. Petrushka loves the Ballerina puppet but she rejects Petrushka in favor of the Moor puppet. This makes Petrushka angry and he challenges the Moor to a fight. The fight ends with the Moor killing Petrushka. At nightfall the ghost of Petrushka rises and shakes his fist at the Charlatan, then dies once more.
The ballet premiered on Jun 13, 1911 in Paris performed by the Ballets Russes.
Petruska is considered to be one of the greatest ballets and continues to be performed with the original design and choreography in-tact.