NEW YORK CITY BALLET
Music Liebeslieder, Op. 52 (1869) and Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65 (1874) by Johannes Brahms Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Premiere November 22, 1960, NYCB, City Center of Music and Drama Original Cast Diana Adams, Bill Carter, Melissa Hayden, Jonathan Watts, Jillana, Conrad Ludlow, Violette Verdy, Nicholas Magallanes
For this two-part ballet of waltzes for piano duet and vocal quartet set to poems by Friedrich Daumer and one, the last, set to a poem by Goethe, the dancers are joined on stage by the musicians and singers. For these dances, the women wear dancing slippers. After a brief lowering of the curtain, the couples return to dance 14 waltzes, the women wearing ballet dresses and toe shoes. All prints are flush mounted on a substrate of styrene board known for its smooth surface and archival qualities.