Stravinsky, Igor: Agon (1953-57) 23'

Ballet for twelve dancers

3(III=picc).2.corA.2.bcl.2.dbn- harp-mandolin-pft-strings
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World Premiere
New York, NY
George Balanchine, choreographer / New York City Ballet / Robert Irving

Repertoire Note  
Thanks to Balanchine, Agon is by far the best-known of Stravinsky's non-tonal works. A distillation of rhythmic energies, of dance gestures, of deft instrumentation (with prominent parts for mandolin, harp, timpani, and castanets), it is a plotless ballet whose long gestation accounts for its exceptional range of tonal and serial ingredients.

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