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Apparitions (1936)

A ballet on romantic themes arranged by Constant Lambert

M Music by
S Scenery by
C Costumes by
D Danced by
FP First performance
NP New production
R Reproduced by
ST Staging (indicates that the ballet was produced in substantially its original form)

M Franz Liszt, arranged by Constant Lambert, orchestrated by Gordon Jacob
Prologue: Consolation No 3 in D flat major
Valse oubliée No 1
Nocturne: Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort
Interlude: Ungarisch, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 11
Jadis, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 10
Tableau I: Polnisch, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 9
Galop in A minor
Elegy No 2
Tableau II: Evening Bells, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 9
Scherzoso, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 5
Carillon, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 6
Unstern (Sinistre, Disastro)
Tableau III: Mephisto Valse, No 3
Epilogue : R[ichard] W[agner]--Venezia
Consolation No 1, reprise
SC Cecil Beaton

D The Poet: Robert Helpmann; The Woman in Ball Dress: Margot Fonteyn; The Hussar: Harold Turner; The Monk: Maurice Brooke; Ladies of Fashion, Dandies, Belfry Spirits, etc: corps de ballet
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 11 February 1936

NP Sadler's Wells Ballet; new SC Cecil Beaton (further revised 17 November 1952)
D The Poet: Robert Helpmann; The Woman in Ball Dress: Margot Fonteyn
FP Royal Opera House, London, 24 March 1949

ST Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet
D The Poet: John Field; The Woman in Ball Dress: Anne Heaton
FP Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 January 1957; Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 4 July 1957

ST Royal Ballet, Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton, Ballroom Scene (Tableau I) only
D The Poet: Rudolf Nureyev; The Woman in Ball Dress: Margot Fonteyn
Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

ST Ballet for All; excerpt from Tableau 1 only
FP Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 13 October 1972

NP London Festival Ballet: R Jean Bedells: SC William Chappell, after Cecil Beaton
D The Poet: Peter Schaufuss; The Lady in the Ball Dress (sic): Natalia Makarova
FP Coliseum, London, 13 July 1987

See 1956, The Beloved