The choreography is jazz-inspired in a cabaret style, one of a quartet of works by Balanchine, Todd Bolender, Francisco Moncion, and John Taras collectively titled Jazz Concert. Balanchine first used this music for a dance in 1922; in 1966, he choreographed another work to this score, titled Ragtime (II).
110. Les Amours du Poète 1932
Comedy with Music in Five Acts by René Blum and G. Delaquys
ACT III SONG, LE PAUVRE PIERRE
Robert Schumann (‘Chopin’ section of Carnaval, Op. 9, no. 3, 1834-35)
Scenery by Alphonse Visconti and Georges Geerts. Costumes by Georgette Vialet
January 5, 1932, Théâtre de Monte-Carlo [group], Opéra de Monte-Carlo. Danced by members of Ballets [Russes] de Monte-Carlo. Conductor: Marc-César Scotto
Balanchine’s first work as ballet master of the company that was to become Les Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo. The play is about the poet Heinrich Heine; the chief characters in the song choreographed by Balanchine are lady admirers of the poet.