Monthly Archives: April 2015

A year of ballet playing cards #32: A Scottishy-Czechishy-minuettishy thing by Boccherini

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Download score (free pdf)  Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards The magic of Boccherini for ballet class This is only a short piece, but it’s going to be like the magic key to open a dastardly exercise box somewhere on … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #31: A polka mazurka by Verdi (5c)

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Download the score of the polka mazurka  (free pdf) [Version 2 with minor corrections published 1st May 2015] Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards Another polka mazurka? Yes, and here’s why After I posted the two pieces by Ziehrer, … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #30: A useful Polka mazurka

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Download the score (pdf) Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards “Such serviceable flowers” The polka mazurka as the chrysanthemum of the ballet class You’ll probably look at this and think it’s a bit dull. I can live with that, … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #29: A Chaconne and a grand dance (3c)

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Download the score (free PDF) Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards Why is the chaconne so rare in ballet class culture? I’ve no idea. Given that ballet’s history is supposed to have its roots in Italy and France, it’s … Continue reading

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The Lanner in the Stravinsky

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It’s well known that Stravinsky borrowed tunes from Lanner for the ballerina in Petrushka. I knew about the Schönbrunner waltz Op. 200 [link to score], but I was pleased to find the other tune on page two of the Steyrische Tänze Op. 165 [link … Continue reading

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And finally: *that* Tarantella by Czerny is finally identified

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For anyone who was following my posts about the sources for Czerny’s music in Etudes, I’m very happy to say that someone has finally filled in the last piece of the jigsaw: the tarantella is from  Op. 834 No. 27 (see comment … Continue reading

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