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Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, 1893 [first movement omitted])
George Balanchine (ADAGIO LAMENTOSO) and Jerome Robbins
Costumes for ADAGIO LAMENTOSO by Rouben Ter-Arutunian
June 14, 1981, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Robert Irving
FOURTH MOVEMENT, ADAGIO LAMENTOSO: Karin von Aroldingen, Judith Fugate, Stephanie Saland; 16 women; 12 Angels; group of hooded figures; child
The first movement of the symphony was omitted; the second, ALLEGRO CON GRAZIA, was choreographed by Robbins; the third, ALLEGRO MOLTO VIVACE, was played by the orchestra with curtain lowered. The fourth and final movement was Balanchine’s ADAGIO LAMENTOSO: Women mourners danced in grief; angels with tall white wings and hooded figures in purple were followed by a procession of monks who prostrated themselves to form a living cross; a child entered carrying a candle. To the final chords, the child extinguished the candle. The ADAGIO LAMENTOSO closed the Tchaikovsky Festival of the New York City Ballet. (See FESTIVALS DIRECTED BY BALANCHINE.)