Music: By Igor Stravinsky (Concerto in D for violin and orchestra, 1931, commissioned by Blair Fairchild).
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Scenery and costumes by Pavel Tchelitchew. Scenery executed by Eugene Dunkel; costumes executed by Karinska.
Premiere: January 22, 1941, Original Ballet Russe, Fifty-first Street Theatre, New York. Conductor: Igor Stravinsky.
Violinist: Samuel Dushkin.
Cast: FIRST MOVEMENT, TOCCATA: Tatiana Leskova, Roman Jasinsky, 8 women; SECOND MOVEMENT, ARIA: Galina Razoumova, Paul Petroff, Sonia Orlova, Irina Zarova [Yvonne Mounsey], 8 women; THIRD MOVEMENT, ARIA: Tamara Toumanova, Jasinsky, Petroff; FOURTH MOVEMENT, CAPRICCIO: Toumanova, Leskova, Razoumova, Jasinsky, Petroff, 12 women.
Note: The second movement was choreographed on Marina Svetlova, who was injured immediately before the first performance and was replaced by Razoumova. Balustrade received just three performances.
In 1972, for the New York City Ballet Stravinsky Festival, Balanchine choreographed Violin Concerto (since 1973 called Stravinsky Violin Concerto), an entirely new work to this music performed in practice clothes without scenery. (See FESTIVALS DIRECTED BY BALANCHINE.)
Video/DVD: 2004, Kultur, Balanchine (excerpts).