Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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The Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (Template:Lang-fr) was written by Igor Stravinsky in Nice between 1926 and 1929. The score was corrected in 1949.

Stravinsky designed the Capriccio to be a virtuosic vehicle which would allow him to earn a living from playing the piano part. The Capriccio, together with the Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, belonged to a catalogue of breadwinning pieces which Stravinsky composed to support himself after fleeing the Russian Revolution to live in Western Europe.

The premiere took place on December 6 1929, conducted by Ernest Ansermet and featuring the composer at the piano. The three movements are played attacca (without interruption) and take just under twenty minutes to perform.

  • Presto
  • Andante rapsodico
  • Allegro capriccioso ma tempo giusto

The 1949 version of the Capriccio was used by George Balanchine as the score for the Rubies section of his full length ballet, Jewels (1967).

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