Hungarian Gypsy Airs

This ballet was created for a principal man and woman, along with four women and four men.

Tschaikovsky orchestrated music by Sophie Menter for this ballet.

Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (1840-1893) studied at the Conservatory in St. Petersburg, where Balanchine later studied piano in addition to his studies in dance. Tschaikovsky is one of the most popular and influential of all romantic composers. His work is expressive, melodic, and grand in scale, with rich orchestrations. His output was prodigious and included chamber works, symphonies, concerti for various instruments, operas, and works for the piano. His creations for the ballet, composed in close partnership with Marius Petipa, include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty.

Repertory notes provided courtesy of and adapted from New York City Ballet Online Repertory Index. Additional sources: Choreography by George Balanchine: A Catalogue of Works, An Eakins Press Foundation Book, published by Viking (1984); and Repertory in Review: 40 Years of the New York City Ballet by Nancy Reynolds (1970; The Dial Press).  Photo credit: Photo © Steven Caras
Choreography:  George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music:  Ungarische Zigeunerweisen
Composer:  Menter, Sophie/Tschaikovsky, Peter Ilyitch
Premiere:  1981
Average Length:  14 minutes
No. Dancers:  10