Emeralds

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Gabriel Fauré

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Credits

Music
Pelléas et Mélisande (1898) and Shylock (1889)
Premiere
April 13, 1967, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Violette Verdy, Mimi Paul, Sara Leland, Suki Schorer, Conrad Ludlow, Francisco Moncion, John Prinz

Length
31 min.
Costumes by
Karinska
Set by
Peter Harvey (original scenery, 1967), Robin Wagner (1983), Peter Harvey (2004)
Lighting by
Ronald Bates (original production); Mark Stanley (current production)

Emeralds floats at Fauré's mesmerizing pace, evoking an underwater setting with delicate and pliable movement.






The music for Emeralds, the first section of George Balanchine's three-part masterpiece Jewels, is taken from the respective concert suites Gabriel Fauré derived from the incidental music he composed in 1889 for Edmond Haraucourt's Shylock, a French verse adaptation of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, and in 1898 for Maurice Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande. The order of the numbers used and their sources are as follows: "Prélude," "Fileuse," "Sicilienne"; (all from Pelléas et Mélisande), "Entr’acte," "Nocturne," "Epithalame," "Final"; (all from Shylock), and "La Mort de Mélisande" (from Pelléas et Mélisande). Balanchine added the "Nocturne" pas de deux and the final pas de sept in 1976.


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