Opus 19/The Dreamer

Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

Music by: Sergei Prokofiev

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Credits

Music
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major (1917)
Premiere
June 14, 1979, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Patricia McBride

Length
21 Min.
Costumes by
Ben Benson
Lighting by
Ronald Bates

Set to Prokofiev’s feverish concerto, Opus 19/The Dreamer follows a male protagonist on a journey to find his elusive and ethereal counterpart.



Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, which premiered in 1923, has become one of the most beloved works for violin in the classical repertory. Even Stravinsky, who generally disliked Prokofiev’s style, expressed affection for this work. Like a fitful, feverish dream, the concerto in three movements opens mysteriously, gains forceful momentum in the scherzo, and then ends serenely. The piece is scored economically so that the spare but magical texture can fully emerge, and Jerome Robbins capitalized on that quality in Opus 19/The Dreamer. Originally choreographed in 1979 for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Patricia McBride, the ballet focuses on the male protagonist’s elusive interactions with his ethereal counterpart. Like the concerto, the ballet leaves a feeling of a dream half-remembered.


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