ALLEGRO BRILLANTE. George Balanchine 1956
- Choreography: George Balanchine (© The George Balanchine Trust)
- Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 75
- Costumes: Nanette Glushak and Miguel Crespi
- Set design: Nanette Glushak
- Lighting design: Nicolás Fischtel
- Duration: 17 minutes
- World premiere by New York City Ballet on March 1st , 1956 at the City Center of Music and Drama, New York (U.S.A.).
Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza on May 24th, 2014 at Teatro Real, Madrid (Spain).
Allegro Brillante is characterized by what Maria Tallchief (the ballerina on whom the bravura leading role was created) calls “an expansive Russian romanticism.” The music’s vigorous pace makes the steps appear even more difficult, but the ballet relies on strong dancing, precise timing, and breadth of gesture. Balanchine said: “It contains everything I know about the classical ballet in seventeen minutes.” Tchaikovsky’s third piano concerto was originally written as a symphony, but as it was nearing completion, the composer, dissatisfied with it, converted the first movement into a concert piece for piano.
The performance of Allegro Brillante, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.