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Ballet in four movements, with choreography by Massine, music by Brahms, and designs by Constantine Terechkovich and Eugène Lourié. Premiered 24 Oct. 1933 by Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, at the Alhambra Theatre, London, with Baronova, Danilova, Riabouchinska, Verchinina, Zorina, Jasinski, Lichine, Petrov, and Shabelevski. An abstract choreographic response to Brahms's 4th Symphony, it was the second of Massine's ‘symphonic’ ballets, and considered by the musical establishment to be sacrilegious in its appropriation, for dance, of a classic score. Massine revived it in Buenos Aires in 1959 and again in Edinburgh in 1960. Birmingham Royal Ballet mounted a major revival in 1991, staged by Tatiana Leskova after Massine.

Subjects: Dance.

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