Mozartiana is a ballet by New York City Ballet co-founder and balletmaster George Balanchine which opened their Tschaikovsky Festival. It is the choreographer's third homage to Mozart and is set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 4, Mozartiana, Op. 61 (1887), consisting of:
- Preghiera (Prayer)
- Theme and Variations
The new version Balanchine made for City Ballet had its premiere on Thursday, June 4, 1981, at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, with costumes by Rouben Ter-Arutunian.
The Preghiera is danced by a ballerina, usually a principal dancer, accompanied by four young girls, the Gigue by a male soloist and the Minuet by four women from the corps de ballet. The ballerina returns and is joined by a principal danseur for a pas de deux to the Theme and Variations; the entire cast dances the finale; the Gigue is of sufficient importance that it is not infrequently danced by a second principal danseur.
The choreographer made the original version on his first ballet company, the Paris-based Les Ballets, for its 1933 season at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, which also included The Seven Deadly Sins. It was danced again by the School of American Ballet at its first recital Saturday, June 9, 1934, which was held on the Felix Warburg estate in White Plains, N.Y., where Serenade was danced the following day.
- ^ Tom Gold's last performance as a member of City Ballet was Thursday, May 22, 2008, in Double Feature; he performed in Mozartiana Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20, as a guest artist.
- Playbill, New York City Ballet Friday, June 20, 2008
- Repertory Week, New York City Ballet, Spring Season, 2008 repertory, week 8
- The Sunday New York Times, June 10, 1934
- The New York Times, June 11, 1934
- The New York Times by Jennifer Dunning, February 10, 1981
- The New York Times by Jennifer Dunning, May 23, 1981
- The Sunday New York Times by John Corry, May 31, 1981