George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Photo © Paul Kolnik
This choreographic fantasy on gypsy dance styles begins with the sound of a plaintive violin that signals the beginning of the ballerina’s five-minute solo. At its end, she is joined by her partner and four couples.
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was born in the French Basque town of Ciboure. His family moved to Paris and encouraged him to take piano lessons. At fourteen he was admitted to the Paris Conservatory, where he studied with Fauré, who became his principal teacher of composition. His ballet scores include Pavane pour une Infante Défunte, Jeux d’Eau, Boléro, Daphnis and Chloe, Ma Mère L’Oye, La Valse, and a ballet-opera, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.