Thursday, February 06, 2003


The world premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's hitherto obscure ballet 'Trapèze' (a work written for a quintet of oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and double bass) will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on Saturday night. Noelle Mann, who has been working extensively on the Prokofiev archives, first discovered the final section of the work 18 months ago. Prokofiev's 'Quintet' Opus 39 was born out of the music for 'Trapèze'. The later 'Divertimento' (Opus 39) also includes some of the Trapèze music. English National Ballet are to perform it on 8 April 2003 at Sadlers Wells, the first staging of the ballet since its original run of performances in Germany and Italy in 1925-26.

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