Music: By Felix Mendelssohn (Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, 'Scotch,' 1842 [first movement omitted]).
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Scenery by Horace Armistead; painted by Scenic Studios. Women's costumes by Karinska. Men's costumes by David Ffolkes. Lighting by Jean Rosenthal.
Premiere: November 11, 1952, New York City Ballet; City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Leon Barzin.
Cast: Maria Tallchief, André Eglevsky; Patricia Wilde; 8 couples.
Note: An homage to Scotland in the form of a classical ballet, with allusions to the sylph of Romantic ballet. The daring throw of the ballerina by four men into the arms of the highlander, simulating the flight by wires of the Romantic age, was later eliminated in favor of placing her in his arms.
Film: 1989, Seahorse Films, Dancing for Mr. B (excerpt from pas de deux).
Video/DVD: 2003, VAI, The Art of Maria Tallchief (excerpt from pas de deux ); 2004, Kultur, Balanchine (excerpt from pas de deux ); 2005, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Library: Dancing for Mr. B (excerpt from pas de deux ).
Archival Video: George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive (pas de deux), 1997.