Monthly Archives: December 2004

The wonderful voice of Oleg Pogudin

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In my search for the authors of Dorogoi Dlinnoyu (see last entry) I have listened to scores of different recordings, and discovered that Aleksandr  Vertinskii wrote some of the most beautiful songs, in addition to making Fomin’s song famous. But … Continue reading

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Copyrighting the public domain

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When the choreographer Christopher Hampson had to change the music for his piece Canciones four days before the premiere because City Ballet of London couldn’t get permission to use de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españas for a ballet, I was … Continue reading Continue reading

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Happy Christmas

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Another year where I’ve been completely hopeless at sending Christmas cards, so here – for the two or three people who read this site – is something just as lovely, a gallery of images from last night’s performance by ENB … Continue reading Continue reading

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J’accuse: the eurocentricity of eurocentrism

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All of the last entry in my weblog brings me on to my next rant: the meaninglessness of ‘eurocentrism’. The quickest and easiest way to avoid responsible scholarship is to dismiss a subject as ‘Eurocentric’. Study ballet from an anthropological, … Continue reading

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Google, Gutenberg & Research

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Just how exciting is all the hype about Google’s venture into online books? Is it really the dawn of a new era? What seems to be missing from all the journalistic screaming is the fact that huge numbers of books … Continue reading Continue reading

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Prague gallery

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I meant to go christmas shopping today, but ended up taking my films to Boots instead. Well, it needed doing. I went to Prague three times this year, and I still haven’t seen the pictures. The more I go there, … Continue reading Continue reading

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