THE CAPRICES OF a BUTTERFLY (1889)
First performed on 5 June 1889
Ballet in one act
A gala performance
Music by Nikolai Krotkov
Libretto by Marius Petipa based on Yakov Polonsky’s poem
«The Grasshopper Musician»
Choreography by Marius Petipa
The talented musician grasshopper was in love with the beautiful butterfly, who is a devotee of the musical arts.
However, the fickle butterfly only laughed at the plain little grasshopper and flew off the listen to the true virtuoso nightingale, deciding that only he was worthy of one with such looks as hers.
the nightingale watched at the butterfly circling around him and then pecked at her. The beautiful butterfly dropped down dead. the nightingale immediately forgot about her, and only grasshopper continued to mourn his frivolous beloved.
The Caprices of a Butterfly (Krotkov) 1889