Hungarian Gypsy Airs

Choreography: 

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music:

Ungarische Zigeunerweisen

Composer:

Sophie Menter/Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

Premiere: 

1981

Duration:

14

Minutes

No. Dancers:

10

Photo © Radford Bascome

This ballet was created for a principal man and woman, along with four women and four men.

Tschaikovsky orchestrated music by Sophie Menter for this ballet.

Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (1840-1893) studied at the Conservatory in St. Petersburg, where Balanchine later studied piano in addition to his studies in dance. Tschaikovsky is one of the most popular and influential of all romantic composers. His work is expressive, melodic, and grand in scale, with rich orchestrations. His output was prodigious and included chamber works, symphonies, concerti for various instruments, operas, and works for the piano. His creations for the ballet, composed in close partnership with Marius Petipa, include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty.

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