Monthly Archives: February 2014

The list of lists

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I’ve just added a new page (under the ‘Writings’ menu item) which is a list of lists of my previous posts by theme. Highly recommended if you want to navigate around the old sock-drawer that is my website!  

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A list of ballet music surprises

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Another list-on-a-page post – this time, it’s a collection of my 2009 Advent Calendar posts which were ‘musical surprises’ from the world of ballet music. The ‘surprises’ are probably one of my favourite lists of all, this one, and there … Continue reading

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And ANOTHER French song in the Nutcracker

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Remember yesterday I said that the middle (6/8) section of Mère Gigogne in The Nutcracker just ‘had to be’ a French song? Well, I’ve found it, thanks to a post by Jeanne on a homeschooling site.  It’s Cadet Rousselle a trois … Continue reading

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Yet another French song in The Nutcracker

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I don’t know how I could have left this out of my ‘borrowings in the Nutcracker’ posts. The opening tune of Mère Gigogne is the French nursery rhyme Giroflé girofla. The 6/8 tune in the middle is another French song as well — Cadet … Continue reading

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100 (or rather 32) tips for working with ballet pianists

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Seven years ago, inspired by several books with a title like ‘200 tips for teachers’, I thought I’d do a series of posts in the category ‘100 tips for working with ballet pianists’, because at the time, part of my … Continue reading

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Music for ballet class, circa 1921

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Kosloff’s “Russian Ballet Technique, as Taught”, published in 1921, contains a one-page guide to matching appropriate music to exercises in a typical ballet class of the day. For teachers and pianists who want a rough guide – and some free sheet music – it’s a find. It’s also interesting because many of the pieces in Kosloff’s collection are still played by pianists today, suggesting an interest topic for someone’s research – how does music for ballet class get into, and remain in circulation? Continue reading

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