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Shepherd's Wooing (from 'The Gods Go A-Begging')

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Music arranger: Thomas Beecham
Rambert premiere: 24 Sep 1931, Marie Rambert Dancers, Lyric Hammersmith, London
World premiere: 16 Jul 1928, Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, His Majesty's Theatre, London, United Kingdom
Work note: Guest artist Leon Woizikovsky introduced this pas de deux, re-titled 'Shepherd's Wooing', into the repertoire. (In his appearance with the Marie Rambert Dancers in 1930, Woizikovsky had performed the 'Shepherd's Hornpipe' solo from 'The Gods Go A-Begging'.)
Music title: The full ballet used extracts from compositions written 1707-1739, including 'Rodrigo', 'II Pastor Fido', 'Admeto', 'Alcina', and two concerto grossi from Opus 6 (including the hornpipe from concerto no. 7).
Music details: Live music: piano
Source: Programme and reference file in the Rambert Archive
Archive catalogue: WORK/0037

Performances

Date ↿⇂ Programme ↿⇂ Venue ↿⇂
20 Dec 1930
Evening
Carnaval* | Cricket* | Rugby | A Florentine Picture* | Le Spectre de la Rose | Les Sylphides | Capriol Suite | Shepherd's Hornpipe | Fairy Tales from ''The Sleeping Beauty'' | Mannequin | Farrucca | Final Galop Lyric Hammersmith, London
22 Dec 1930
Evening
Carnaval | Cricket | Rugby | A Florentine Picture | Le Spectre de la Rose | Les Sylphides | Capriol Suite | Shepherd's Hornpipe | Fairy Tales from ''The Sleeping Beauty'' | Mannequin | Farrucca | Final Galop Lyric Hammersmith, London
3 Jan 1931
Evening
Carnaval | Cricket | Rugby | A Florentine Picture | Le Spectre de la Rose | Les Sylphides | Capriol Suite | Shepherd's Hornpipe | Fairy Tales from ''The Sleeping Beauty'' | Mannequin | Farrucca | Final Galop Lyric Hammersmith, London
10 Oct 1931
Evening
Les Sylphides | Songs (The Moussorgsky Vocal Quartet) | Le Rugby | Dances from ''The Three Cornered Hat'' | Capriol Suite | La Péri | Chinese Magician | Songs (The Moussorgsky Vocal Quartet) | Mars and Venus | Russian Boyard Dance | American Sailor | Mannequin | Peasants' Frolic New Theatre, London
9 Oct 1932
Evening
The Garden | Prelude in B minor (Rachmaninov) | Prelude in G major (Rachmaninov) | L'Après-midi d'un faune | Foyer de Danse* | Le Spectre de la Rose | American Sailor (from 'Les Matelots')* | The Shepherd's Wooing (from 'The Gods go a-begging') | The Tartans (Danc Mercury Theatre, London
27 Nov 1932
Evening
''Valse'' from Les Sylphides | ''Fée Dragée'' from Aurora's Wedding | The Shepherd's Wooing (from 'The Gods go a-begging') | ''Pas de Deux'' from Mr Roll's Military Quadrilles | ''Desperate Blues''* | A Florentine Picture | Le Spectre de la Rose | ''Russian Peasant' Mercury Theatre, London
29 Nov 1936
Evening
Passionate Pavane | The Planets | La Muse s'Amuse | The American Sailor | The Shepherd's Wooing | Pompette | Capriol Suite Mercury Theatre, London
16 Oct 1940
After-lunch
Overture | Shepherd's Wooing | Catarina, ou La Fille du Bandit | Four Variations from ''The Seasons''* | Piano Interlude | Lady into Fox The Arts Theatre Club, London
7 May 1941
Tea
Overture | Passionate Pavane | Panaderos* | Shepherd's Wooing | Prelude | Valse | Mazurka | Pas de Deux | Interlude | Death and the Maiden | Interlude | Les Masques (ou, Changement de Dames) The Arts Theatre Club, London
17 May 1941
After-lunch
Overture | Shepherd's Wooing | Panaderos | Circus Wings | The Two Igors | Alegrias* | Interlude | Lady into Fox The Arts Theatre Club, London
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