Ballet for Band: Based on the Ballet "Within the Quota"
EBM MP077004/ HL
Cole Porter composed the score of a ballet-sketch "Within the Quota" for the Swedish Ballet, which gave the work its premiere at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, in Paris, October 25, 1923. Its commission was arranged by his friend, composer Darius Milhaud, whose own ballet, "The Creation of the World," had its world premiere on the same program. A satire on American life and the mythology of instant success, Porter's music displayed the influence of Stravinsky, Milhaud and jazz, encompassing parody and exaggeration. In 1969, William Bolcom reconstructed the music from Porter's scoring for three and four pianos and made settings for two pianos and for orchestra. Utilizing Bolcom's reconstruction and adaptation, Phillip J. Lang, arranger of many Broadway shows, such as "My Fair Lady" and "Annie," has created this concert band arrangement.