Because he totally did, for choreographer George Balanchine,
who was working with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
According to Davida Krista's biography of Balanchine,
the conversation went thus:
Balanchine: "I wonder if you'd like to do a little ballet with me."
And it's the perfect music for it! What other music would
you possibly write for elephants to dance to? Well done,
Igor. You were a pretty clever guy, despite being more than
a little bit fascist. It serves as an interesting reminder that
music doesn't always have to stand alone as an event.
Ambient artist Brian Eno even suggests that music for
specific situations can be "as ignorable as it is interesting."
French composer Erik Satie created several pieces of what
he called "furniture music", to be used for different social
situations. I'm trying my hand at it now, creating an album
of this "ignorable" music. The challenge lies in making
gradual changes over time, so that the music is only noticed
at the listener's convenience. It's also good medicine for the
composer's ego. (Wink).