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Quartet

 ComposerSergei Prokofiev
 MusicString Quartet No. 2, Op. 92
 DancersPatricia Wilde, Herbert Bliss, Jillana, Jacques d′Amboise, Yvonne Mounsey, Todd Bolender
 SceneryJean Rosenthal
 CostumesKarinska
 LightingJean Rosenthal
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereFebruary 18, 1954, City Center of Music and Drama, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs3 principal couples; 4 couples
 Requirementsstring quartet
 NotesIn 1942 Prokofiev was living in Nalchik in the eastern Caucasus. Drawing material from the rich, strange and poignant folk music of that region, he composed his second string quartet. He described it as "the combination of the least known varieties of folk song with the most classical form of the quartet."

The first movement follows the sonata form of exposition, development and recapitulation. The second is an adagio based on a Caucasian love song. The final movement derives from a loosely knit series of wild and free Caucasian dances.


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