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19. MARCHE FUNÈBRE



Music: By Frédéric Chopin (second movement [1837] of Sonata No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, 1839).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery by Boris Erbshtein. Costumes by Vladimir Dimitriev.

Premiere: June 1, 1923, Young Ballet, Alexandrovsky Hall, Duma, Petrograd.

Cast: FIRST MOVEMENT, TRAGIC: Olga Mungalova or Tamara Geva, 3 men, 6 women; SECOND MOVEMENT, LYRIC: Alexandra Danilova, ensemble; THIRD MOVEMENT, TRAGIC: Entire cast.

Note: Although Marche Funèbre is not listed on the announcements for the initial program of the Young Ballet, Balanchine planned it for the first performance and later believed that it had its premiere June 1, 1923. It was mentioned (although not reviewed) on June 24, 1923, in Krasnaya gazeta. There is some indication that it was first performed as a school work. Soon after joining the Ballets Russes in 1924, Balanchine taught Marche Funèbre to members of the company for presentation to Serge Diaghilev, Boris Kochno, and S. L. Grigoriev in the studio of Serafima Astafieva.

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