Snow Maiden

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Ballet in three acts with libretto and choreography by Bourmeister, music by Tchaikovsky, and design by Yuri Pimenov and Gennadi Epishin. Premiered 17 Jul. 1961 by London Festival Ballet at Royal Festival Hall, London, with B. Wright, Burr, and Briansky. It is set to Tchaikovsky's incidental music for Ostrovsky's fairy-tale play Snegurochka (as well as the first two movements of his 1st Symphony) and follows Ostrovsky's poignant story of a snow maiden who visits a human village and falls in love for the first time with the youth Mizgir, but is melted away when the spring sun shines on her. It was revived for the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Lyric Theatre (Moscow, 1963). Other ballets using the same subject are by Nijinska (mus. Glazunov, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1942), Varkovitsky (mus. Tchaikovsky, Bolshoi Ballet School, 1946), and Ben Stevenson (mus. Tchaikovsky, arr. Lanchbery, Houston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, 1998).

Subjects: Dance.

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