(Autumn Ball of the Elves, 1994)
Scenic and Lighting Design
Randall G. Chiarelli
September 25, 2008; Pacific Northwest Ballet
The 2008 world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Afternoon Ball was generously underwritten by Peter & Peggy Horvitz.
Vladimir Martynov’s Autumn Ball of the Elves, for string orchestra, represents a Russian mix of minimalism and post-romanticism that can also be heard in the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. (Both composers abandoned academic compositional styles following religious conversions and developed individual voices influenced by personal interests and convictions.) In Autumn Ball of the Elves, Martynov applies a theme and variations structure to a minimalist palette.