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417. MOZARTIANA



Music: By Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (Suite No. 4, Mozartiana, Op. 61, 1887; based on Mozart's Gigue in G major [K. 574], Minuet in D major [K. 355], the motet 'Ave, Verum Corpus' [K. 618], and Variations on 'Les Hommes Pieusement' from Gluck's comic opera La Rencontre Imprévue [K. 455]).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Costumes by Rouben Ter-Arutunian.

Premiere: June 4, 1981, New York City Ballet with students from the School of American Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Robert Irving. (Annual New York City Ballet Gala Benefit.)

Cast: PREGHIERA: Suzanne Farrell, 4 young girls; GIGUE: Christopher d'Amboise; MENUET: 4 women; THÈME ET VARIATIONS: Farrell, Ib Andersen; FINALE: Entire cast.

Note: The choreography is completely different from the work Balanchine created to this music in 1933 [134] and modified thereafter. The order of the first two movements is reversed, beginning with the PREGHIERA (based on the motet 'Ave, Verum Corpus'), in which the ballerina dances a prayer, attended by four young girls. The 1981 Mozartiana was first presented on the opening night of the Tchaikovsky Festival of the New York City Ballet (see FESTIVALS DIRECTED BY BALANCHINE), which included the premieres of four Balanchine works [417-420]. Throughout the festival and until the end of the New York season on June 28, the scenery was an architectural structure with movable ranks of translucent plastic cylinders by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, in arrangements and with lighting designs by Ronald Bates.

See also: *134   149  

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