Music And Book: By Vittorio Rieti (expanded to an orchestral score with chorus from an existing a cappella cantata, Barabau, on commission from Serge Diaghilev, 1925).
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Scenery and costumes by Maurice Utrillo. Scenery executed by Prince A. Schervashidze; costumes executed by Alias and Morris Angel.
Premiere: December 11, 1925, Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Coliseum, London. Conductor: Roger Desormière.
Barabau, Léon Woizikowsky; Sergeant, Serge Lifar; Servants of Barabau, Alice Nikitina, Alexandra Danilova, Tamara Geva; Peasants, 3 men, 3 women; 6 Soldiers. Chorus on stage.
Note: Balanchine's first original ballet for Diaghilev. Rieti based the plot on an Italian nursery rhyme: When a village party in Barabau's garden is disrupted by soldiers, Barabau feigns death; the villagers carry him mournfully to church, but as soon as the soldiers depart he revives, and they return him to his home in triumph.
Revisions: Soon after London opening, role of one female peasant enlarged, with additional solo to new music.