The ballet's main theme revolves around the uncertainty and dread inherent in the anticipation of imminent danger. The ominously aggressive atmosphere that characterizes Martinù's music, written on the eve of the Second World War, is echoed in the dancers' movements. An intense creation of remarkable beauty, because of its technical complexity Before Nightfall makes tremendous demands on the performers' virtuosity.
Bohuslav Martinù, Concerto for two String Orchestras, piano and timpani
Nicholas Cernovitch d'après Joop Caboort
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