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Stravinsky: Jeu De Cartes, Part I

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Less scandal at this premiere.

In 1935, Stravinsky embarked on his second concert tour of the USA. The following year he paid his first visit to South America, spending seven weeks from April to June conducting in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Rio de Janeiro. Meanwhile, he had been commissioned by Lincoln Kirstein to write a work for the American Ballet company that he and Balanchine had set up in 1935. At the end of 1936, Stravinsky left France on his third American tour, which didn’t actually begin until January 1937, with a performance in Toronto. This was also coast-to-coast tour, which again combined orchestral concerts and duo recitals with Dushkin, ending in New York with his conducting of the première of the Kirstein commission, Jeu de cartes, at the Metropolitan on April 27th.

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