Music: By Georges Bizet (from Jeux d'Enfants, Opp. 22-26, 1871: no. 6, TROMPETTE ET TAMBOUR; no. 3, LA POUPÉE; no. 11, PETIT MARI, PETITE FEMME; no. 12, LE BAL).
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Scenery and costumes by David Mitchell. Lighting by Ronald Bates.
Premiere: July 30, 1975, New York City Ballet, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York.
Conductor: Robert Irving. (First New York State Theater performance January 22, 1976.)
Cast: Patricia McBride, Peter Schaufuss.
MARCHE; BERCEUSE; DUO; GALOP.
Note: Balanchine transformed the Hans Christian Andersen story into a pas de deux recounting the courtship and love between the tin soldier and the paper-doll ballerina. The soldier gives the ballerina his tin heart, but a draft pulls her into the fire in the fireplace and she is consumed. All that remains is the heart, which the soldier, weeping, rescues. The production was commissioned by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Video/DVD: 1998, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Library: Choreography by Balanchine .