rare disc with the Firebird.)
The ballet "Apollo" premiered at the Library of Congress in 1928. Originally Stravinsky gave this work a French title: "Apollon Musagète" (Apollo and the Muses). Years later, Stravinsky said he preferred the simpler title "Apollo" for this work. This serene and neo-classical score was, in Stravinsky's own words, "my first attempt to compose a large-scale work in which contrasts of volume replace contrasts of instrumental color." "Apollo" was choreographed by George Balanchine, and proved a great success. In fact, it has remained Stravinsky's most popular ballet after "The Firebird," "Petrushka," and "The Rite of Spring" — his trio of colorful early scores for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.