Paul McCartney’s first ballet score, “Ocean’s Kingdom“, with choreography by the New York City Ballet’s Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, will premiere at the Lincoln Center in New York on September 22.
“Ocean’s Kingdom” marks the first time that McCartney has composed for dance, and Martins’ choreography will follow the music’s libretto of a romance between lovers from conflicting kingdoms. The production’s costumes are designed by another McCartney, daughter and leading fashion designer Stella. Its also the first time she has done costume design for the theatre.
The album containing the music from the work is to be released on October 4.
It is performed by the London Classical Orchestra, directed by John Wilson. According to Amazon there will be a CD and vinyl versions available, and it is released on the Hear Music/MPL/Telarc label:
There are four movements to the work:
1. Movement 1 Ocean’s Kingdom
2. Movement 2 Hall of Dance
3. Movement 3 Imprisonment
4. Movement 4 Moonrise
Sir Paul will be attending the premiere in New York on September 22.