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Antique Epigraphs

 ComposerClaude Debussy
 MusicSix Epigraphes Antiques (1897), orchestrated by Ernest Ansermet (1932); Syrinx, for solo flute
 DancersKyra Nichols, Stephanie Saland, Maria Calegari, Simone Schumacher, Helene Alexopoulos, Jerri Kumery, Victoria Hall, Florence Fitzgerald
 CostumesFlorence Klotz
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereFebruary 2, 1984, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs8 Dancers: 4 principal women, 4 corps women
 Requirementsorchestra
 Running Time20′
 NotesIn 1897 Debussy set to music some newly discovered ancient Greek Sapphic poems called Songs of Bilitis. The poems were published as translations by Pierre Louys, who subsequently admitted writing them himself. Debussy returned to the music material years later and reshaped some of them into piano pieces for four hands called Six Epigraphes Antiques. He wanted to orchestrate them and it was done by Ernest Ansermet in 1932. Syrinx for solo flute completes the score for the ballet. Like the Epigraphes and Afternoon of a Faun, Syrinx was inspired by French poetry about life and myths of Greek antiquity.


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