Brandenburg

Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

Music by: Johann Sebastian Bach

Inspired by Bach's ever-popular Brandenburg Concertos, Robbins’ last ballet for NYCB presents a spectrum of atmospheres, from sheer ebullience to quiet mystery.

In 1971, Jerome Robbins choreographed one of his masterpieces, The Goldberg Variations, to Bach’s celebrated piano pieces. He did not return to Bach until the end of his career, over 20 years later, but when he did, he was clearly entranced by the clarity, rigor, and formal beauty found in the composer’s work: three of his last four ballets are set to Bach. Robbins’ final work, Brandenburg (1997), is set to selections from four of the Brandenburg Concertos, intricate and nuanced works that inspired Robbins to create this lovely suite of dances. The ballet features a series of pas de deux that differ in their tone and mood, including a mysterious andante duet for a couple who seem to orbit each other, drawing close but never touching.

Performances

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Credits

Music
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (BWV 1048) Allegro, Adagio (Largo from BWV 1021 Sonata for Violin & Basso cont. in G Major), Allegro; Brandenburg No. 2 in F (BWV 1047) 2nd Movement Andante; Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F (BWV 10460 4th Movement Menuetto-Trio-Polacca; Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in Bb (BWV 1051) 3rd Movement Allegro
Premiere
January 22, 1997, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Wendy Whelan, Lourdes Lopez, Peter Boal, Nikolaj Hübbe

Length
38 Min.
Costumes by
Holly Hynes
Lighting by
Jennifer Tipton