Liebeslieder Walzer

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine, music by Brahms, set by David Hays, and costumes by Karinska. Premiered 22 Nov. 1960 by New York City Ballet at New York's City Center with D. Adams, Hayden, Jillana, Verdy, B. Carter, Ludlow, Magallanes, and Watts. In this setting of Brahms waltzes (Opp. 52 and 65) for piano duet and four singers, Balanchine said he had meditated on the ‘changing aspects of love’. The musicians perform from the left-hand side of the stage on which four couples dance variations on the waltz. During the first half the dancers are in ballroom dress but for the second the women have changed into tutus and pointe shoes and the dancing becomes more abstractly classical. It has since been revived by many companies including Vienna State Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. In the NYCB revival of 1984 at the State Theater it had a new set by David Mitchell and was danced by Farrell, McBride, Saland, Nichols, Lavery, Cook, I. Andersen, and Duell. Other settings of the same music include M. Morris's New Love Song Waltzes (1982) and Love Song Waltzes (1989) and Alston's Waltzes in Disorder (1998).

Subjects: Dance.

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