Monthly Archives: December 2014

Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #19: Being late

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Anxiety about turning up late for class or rehearsal is so basic to being a ballet pianist (for me, at least)  that I almost forgot to add it to my list of topics. If you’re reading this, and you don’t … Continue reading

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Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #18: Page turns

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I’m not a particularly tidy or obsessive person, except when it comes to scores that I have to play from. If it’s for a performance, I’ll want to know exactly what the score does long in advance: where are the page … Continue reading

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Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #17: Why’s she looking at me like that?

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Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #16: Rehearsal marks

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Above is a little fragment of daily life as a ballet accompanist – keeping your ears open while a rehearsal is going on so that when the choreographer or coach asks to go from “sex” or “the Swan Lake pirouette,” you’re already on … Continue reading

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Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #15: Tempo

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One way or  another, tempo is at the heart of most of the anxieties in this advent calendar. Playing for ballet is like driving on a busy motorway in torrential rain: there is no such thing as the right speed … Continue reading

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Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #14: Adage

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As it’s Sunday, let’s have a religious topic (adage), and an extra confession: So help me God, I hate slow music. I don’t have the patience to listen to it, and I get bored playing it.  The music example above – … Continue reading

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