It was Schönberg’s readaptation of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet N° 1, op. 25 that inspired Balanchine to create his first abstract ballet for the New York State Theater in 1966. This symphonic version enabled the choreographer to express his musicality following the four movements of the score. In his choreography, George Balanchine proposes four different styles and atmospheres with an elegant Allegro, a romantic Intermezzo and a lyrical Andante. The Gypsy theme of the final movement offers a dazzling final display of his talent.