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Preface by Lincoln Kirstein

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Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Note: As a young man, Balanchine frequently created, as he said, 'informal little things,' performed once or twice and then forgotten. Among these were compositions to music by Nicolai Medtner and to excerpts from Salome by Richard Strauss. He also remembered making 'something new' to Chopin (or to the 'Chopin' section of Schumann's Carnaval) for a 'soirée.' Alexandra Danilova remembered a solo waltz dedicated to her to music Balanchine composed. She also recalled a solo for her to Scriabin (not the Étude pas de deux [30]; Danilova, p. 62), Slonimsky mentions that Balanchine choreographed dances to vocal music and poetry around 1921, and Kostrovitskaya recalled an 'adagio with high lifts' (music unknown) for Balanchine and Geva at the first performance of the Young Ballet (perhaps Enigma [25]; Slonimsky, pp. 48, 63). There is a possibility that Balanchine choreographed a pas de deux called Dutch Dance to the music of Grieg, but both he and Danilova thought it equally possible that this dance, which appears on the programs for London performances of the Principal Dancers of the Russian State Ballet in 1924, might have been from Albert Lortzing's opera Zar und Zimmermann, with choreography by Pavel Petrov or Andrei Lopukhov. In published interviews, Balanchine mentioned other early works: a ballet for eight boys in the Fokine style, done while he was still a student (Dance Magazine, June 1954, p. 148), a ballet to Stravinsky's Ragtime in 1922 (New York City Center: Playbill I:10, December 2, 1957), and concert dances to music by Schumann (Washington Post, October 12, 1980).

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