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195. CONCERTO BAROCCO



Music: By Johann Sebastian Bach (Double Violin Concerto in D minor, B.W.V.1043).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery and costumes by Eugene Berman.

Premiere: June 27, 1941, American Ballet Caravan, Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro. Conductor: Emanuel Balaban. Violinists: Edmundo Blois, Salvador Piersant. (Open dress rehearsal: May 29, Little Theatre of Hunter College, New York. Conductor: Fritz Mahler.)

Cast: Marie-Jeanne, William Dollar; Mary Jane Shea; 8 women.
VIVACE; LARGO MA NON TANTO; ALLEGRO.

Note: The work was begun as a School of American Ballet exercise in stagecraft. When it entered the repertory of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1945 the dancers were dressed in practice clothes, probably the first appearance of what has come to be regarded as the ballet uniform pioneered by Balanchine. Presented with Orpheus [246] and Symphony in C [244] at the first performance of the New York City Ballet, October 11, 1948.

Revisions: 1948, New York City Ballet: Second movement (LARGO), originally quite brisk, was permanently slowed down.

New Productions by Balanchine Companies: New York City Ballet: 1948, using Berman's original costumes, molded of synthetic rubber; 1951, performed without scenery, in practice clothes (black for the women until 1963; white thereafter).

Film: 1973, RM Productions; 1989, Seahorse Films, Dancing for Mr. B (excerpt from first movement, VIVACE ); 1996, Seahorse Films, Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse (excerpt from second movement, LARGO MA NON TANTO).

Video/DVD: 1995, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Library, Dancing for Mr. B (excerpt from first movement, VIVACE ); 2001, Winstar TV & Video, Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse (excerpt from second movement, LARGO MA NON TANTO); 2004, Kultur, Balanchine (excerpt from first movement, VIVACE); 2014 Video Artists International, New York City Ballet in Montreal, Vol. 2 (complete recorded 1956).

Archival Video: George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive (complete ballet), 1997.

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