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335. LIEBESLIEDER WALZER


Ballet in Two Parts


Music: By Johannes Brahms (Liebeslieder, Op. 52, 1869, and Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65, 1874, waltzes for piano duet and vocal quartet, all set to poems by Friedrich Daumer, except the last, by Goethe).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery and lighting by David Hays. Costumes by Karinska.

Premiere: November 22, 1960, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Pianists: Louise Sherman, Robert Irving. Singers: Angeline Rasmussen, Mitzi Wilson, Frank Poretta, Herbert Beattie.

Cast: Diana Adams, Bill Carter; Melissa Hayden, Jonathan Watts; Jillana, Conrad Ludlow; Violette Verdy, Nicholas Magallanes.

Note: Dancers and musicians in period costumes are on stage together. During the first set of eighteen waltzes the four couples, wearing formal evening dress and dancing slippers, dance in interweaving combinations in an intimate ballroom. After a brief lowering of the curtain they dance fourteen waltzes under a starry sky, the women wearing calf-length tulle skirts and toe shoes. They leave the stage; returning in the original costumes, they pause to listen to the final waltz. Within the strict three-quarter beat of music and dance, personal and romantic associations between the couples are implied.

Film: 1973, RM Productions.

Video/DVD: 2004, Kultur, Balanchine (Part I [excerpts]); 2005, Films du Prieuré, Violette et Mr. B (excerpt).

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