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Preface by Lincoln Kirstein

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Music: By Jurriaan Andriessen (Berkshire Symphonies [Symphony No. 1], 1949, commissioned by the Royal Government of the Netherlands, dedicated to Serge Koussevitsky).

Choreography: By George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

Production: Bathing suits by Jantzen.

Premiere: March 9, 1950, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Leon Barzin.

Cast: SUNDAY [ALLEGRO]: Melissa Hayden, Yvonne Mounsey, Beatrice Tompkins, Herbert Bliss, Frank Hobi, 22 women, 9 men; RESCUE FROM DROWNING [ANDANTE]: Tanaquil Le Clercq, Nicholas Magallanes, 2 couples; WAR WITH MOSQUITOES [SCHERZO]: William Dollar, Hobi, Roy Tobias, 7 women; HOT DOGS [ALLEGRO]: Maria Tallchief, Jerome Robbins, entire cast.

Note: In SUNDAY, a small aggressive female gives chase to a large male; RESCUE includes artificial respiration and a love duet; seven mosquitoes dance on pointe in WAR WITH MOSQUITOES; and the HOT DOGS finale could be likened to a ballabile, with its scenes of male rivalry over a hot dog and a girl. Balanchine's first collaboration with Robbins; both worked on all sections.

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