Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Igor Stravinsky

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Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major (1931)
June 18, 1972, New York City Ballet, Stravinsky Festival, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Karin von Aroldingen, Kay Mazzo, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Peter Martins

23 Min.
Lighting by
Ronald Bates (original production); Mark Stanley (current production)

The outer sections of Stravinsky Violin Concerto are carefully-woven masterpieces of symmetry that peel away to reveal two of Balanchine’s most ingenious and unique pas de deux.

This score was composed in 1931, and for the premiere Igor Stravinsky conducted, with Samuel Dushkin as the violin soloist. In writing the score, Stravinsky collaborated closely with Dushkin who provided technical details about the violin, with both of them making fascinating discoveries about its possibilities. The score was first used by Balanchine in a wholly different version, for the Original Ballets Russes in 1941, under the title of Balustrade, with beautiful costumes and scenery by Pavel Tchelitchev. When Balanchine returned to this score three decades later he could no longer remember his original choreography. "What I did then was for then," he said "and I wanted to do this music for our Stravinsky Festival." The ballet premiered on the opening night of the 1972 Stravinsky Festival, which also included the premiere of Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements.

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