In G Major

Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

Music by: Maurice Ravel

With the playful jazz accents of Ravel’s Concerto in G and fashionable scenery and costumes by Erté, this lighthearted ballet suggests a chic Riviera setting.

Ravel, at the peak of his fame and popularity, had just returned from a triumphant tour of the Unted States when he began his Piano Concerto in G Major (1928-1931). He wrote that the work was “a concerto in the strict sense, written in very much the same spirit as those of Mozart and Saint-Saëns” and that “it uses certain effects borrowed from jazz, but only in moderation.” Jerome Robbins choreographed In G Major for NYCB’s Ravel Festival, in 1975. When the Paris Opera Ballet staged In G Major, under the name En Sol, it commissioned scenery and costumes by Erté, and it is those designs that are now used in the New York City Ballet production.

Performances

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Credits

Music
Piano Concerto in G Major (1928-31)
Premiere
May 15, 1975, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins

Length
22 Min.
Costumes by
Erté
Set by
Erté
Lighting by
Jennifer Tipton