Mainz... Leipzig: B. Schott's Söhne [PN B.S.S. 35036], . Small quarto. Original publisher's heathered gray printed wrappers with publisher's device in sepia to upper, catalogue to lower with "778" at lower left corner. 1f. (recto title, verso instrumentation), 101, [i] (publisher's catalogue of Stravinsky's works).
With Stravinsky's autograph signature ("I Stravinsky") in purple ink to upper left of first page of music.
Wrappers slightly worn; minor browning to spine with small loss of paper to head and tail. Upper inner corners slightly bumped and with resulting minor crease throughout.
First Edition in this format, published in the same year as both the conductor's and piano score. Kirchmeyer 59-3.
The first collaboration between Balanchine and Stravinsky in the United States.
Commissioned by Lincoln Kirstein, Jeu de Cartes was first performed by The American Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera on April 27, 1937, conducted by the composer. "It was accompanied by a revival of Apollo with the original Balanchine choreography, and a new choreographic version of The Fairy's Kiss made also by Balanchine. It was not only a 'Stravinsky evening' but also a 'Balanchine evening.' This ballet partnership, between composer and choreographer, was gradually assuming considerable importance." White p. 111.
"An inveterate poker player, Stravinsky proposed the idea for this ballet 'in three deals.'... Irene Sharaff had planned a set of medieval card designs for the costumes, but Stravinsky did not want a specific period to be suggested. The final designs were greatly admired. John Martin remarked of the ballet: "Of substance, of course, it has none, but of savor and sparkle considerable quantities." Stravinsky and the Dance p. 53
"A curiously conventional work, for all its musical brilliance..." Stephen Walsh in Grove Music Online. Item #31186
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