Year: 1987

Heading: for orchestra

First Performance:
11 June 1987
New York State Theater at Lincoln Center
New York City Ballet Orchestra/ Lukas Foss
New York City Ballet/ Peter Martins


Duration: 6'

Recording: Purple can be found on the release called, one

As the colour might suggest, Purple is altogether more sophisticated in language- silky and lyrical, with occasional touches of dissonance for added spice, and spiky, syncopated rhythms that reveal Torke's interest in jazz and dance music. —Gramophone

...[a] sexy New Wave tango... —San Francisco Chronicle

Program Note:
Purple was commissioned by New York City Ballet to form the second movement of the ballet called, Ecstatic Orange, whose three movements are:

1. Green
2. Purple
3. Ecstatic Orange