Eight More

Choreography by: Peter Martins

Music by: Igor Stravinsky

   

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Credits

Music
Suites 1 and 2 (1917-25) (Eight Easy Pieces, orchestrated
Premiere
May 23, 1985, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Peter Boal, Michael Byars, Gen Horiuchi

Length
12 min.

Martins choreographed Eight More as a companion piece to Eight Easy Pieces. The music is the same, although Eight More is performed to a version orchestrated by Stravinsky.
 
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) entered law school in 1901, at the age of nineteen. That year he also gave his first public piano recital and began studying piano and composition with Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg. He was to become, before his death, one of the greatest composers and musical innovators of the 20th century, mastering musical styles from Romanticism to Neoclassicism to Serialism. Stravinsky came to the attention of Sergei Diaghilev in 1910, who asked him to orchestrate two pieces by Chopin for the ballet Les Sylphides, and then to compose an original ballet. The result, Firebird, projected both Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and the young composer to worldwide acclaim. His ballets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes also included Petrushka, choreographed by Michael Fokine, The Rite of Spring, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, and Apollon Musag├Ęte (Apollo), choreographed by George Balanchine. His music has been used in over thirty ballets originating with New York City Ballet from 1948 through 1992, including Danses Concertantes, Orpheus, The Cage, Agon, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Rubies, Symphony in Three Movements, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto for Two Solo Pianos, Suite from Histoire du Soldat, Concertino, and Jeu de Cartes.