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Ballet: Work details

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
Composer: William Walton
Music title: Façade (1922)
Work definition: Ballet in one act
Notes: The original ballet consisted of seven sections: Scotch Rhapsody (later called Ecossaise), Jodelling Song (later Swiss Yodelling Song, or Tyrolienne), Polka, Valse (later Waltz), Popular Song, Tango Pasodoble, Finale - Tarantella Sevillana (later Tarantella Finale). In 1935, Ashton added Country Dance, and in 1940, he added Noche Espagnola (Nocturne pérvuivenne) and Foxtrot. A subtitle was added to the ballet in 1935: 'A ballet in one act freely adapted to music originally written as a setting to poems by Edith Sitwell'.
World premiere: 26 April 1931, Camargo Society, Cambridge Theatre, London
ROH premiere: 1 August 1949, Sadler's Wells Ballet
ROH company premiere: 8 October 1935, The Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
Façade (1940) The Vic-Wells Ballet (53 performances online)