The music from La Fille Mal Gardee has gone through many transitions and changes. The original score was simply a mix of 55 popular french airs and did not list a composer or arranger. This was the case in most of the 18th and early 19th century ballets. After one or two revivals in which composers edited the score a bit (most notably Ferdinand Herold’s adaptation) , the Italian choreographer Paul Taglioni commissioned an entirely new score from the Königliches Opernhaus’s resident composer of ballet music Peter Ludwig Hertel. It debuted and was a resounding success.
Most recently in 1960, John Lanchberry created a new score based on the original score and the one by Harold. That was for Sir Frederick Ashton’s revival.
This video showcases the music by Hertel and just go goes to show the close relationship between the music and the action and the true art form it is to find the balance between the two.