Music: By Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44, 1879, abridged, rewritten, and rearranged by Alexander Siloti).
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Costumes by Karinska. Lighting by Ronald Bates.
Premiere: January 12, 1973, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater.
Conductor: Robert Irving.
Pianist: Gordon Boelzner.
Cast: Patricia McBride, Peter Martins; Colleen Neary; Tracy Bennett, Victor Castelli; 2 female demi-soloists; 16 women, 6 men.
ALLEGRO BRILLANTE--ANDANTE; ANDANTE NON TROPPO; ALLEGRO CON FUOCO.
Note: Originally presented by American Ballet Caravan, Rio de Janeiro, 1941, titled Ballet Imperial. While the choreography is essentially the same as the New York City Ballet version of 1964, the Imperial Russian décor and tutus used in 1941, and all productions thereafter were replaced in 1973 by simple chiffon dresses and a plain backdrop.
New Productions by Balanchine Companies: 1979, New York City Ballet: New costumes by Ben Benson.