Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Igor Stravinsky

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.

Stravinsky Violin Concerto was composed in 1931 and at its premiere, conducted by Igor Stravinsky with Samuel Dushkin as the violin soloist. It was first used by Balanchine for Balustrade with the Original Ballet Russe in 1941. 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.” Stravinsky Violin Concerto 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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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)