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412. BALLADE



Music: By Gabriel Fauré (Ballade for piano and orchestra, Op. 19, 1881).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery and costumes by Rouben Ter-Arutunian (from Tricolore, PAS DEGAS [409]), lighting by Ronald Bates.

Premiere: May 8, 1980, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Robert Irving. Pianist: Gordon Boelzner.

Cast: Merrill Ashley, Ib Andersen, 10 women.

Note: The music (celebrated in Proust) is in one movement with three underlying sections; the ballet is a series of pas de deux and solos for a ballerina and her cavalier, accompanied from time to time by the corps of women.

New Productions by Balanchine Companies: 1982, New York City Ballet: Performed without décor; costumes by Ben Benson (from Introduction and Fugue [J. Duell], 1981), lighting by Ronald Bates.

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