Monthly Archives: April 2016

A year of ballet playing cards #50: A chameleon-like march by Granados (DJ)

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Download the score  of the Military March by Granados  (pdf, free)  Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards The march that isn’t a march: one of the perennial problems of music for ballet class Another problem that I could have added to … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #35: A mazurka by Hubay

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Download piano score of Hubay’s mazurka (free pdf)  Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards Slow, mazurka-like exercises from the corner for multiple pirouettes are a staple of all the company classes I play for, and if you haven’t got the … Continue reading

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Varieties of reading: drawing in and pulling away

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I’ve just finished reading Matthew Crawford’s The World Beyond Your Head, which I’d happily say is one of the best books I’ve read in the last year.  I wonder when the subtitle changed from On becoming an individual in an age of distraction to How to … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #53 (Black Joker): Reel from La Sylphide

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There’s nothing like the reel from La Sylphide to perk up little jumps in a ballet class. Here’s the piano score, nicely typeset. Continue reading

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Distraction, “the Attentional Commons” and Birmingham

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Birmingham New Street: the attentional commons colonized by commerce It so happened that while I was reading about a concept of the “attentional commons,” I was staying right next door to a building that perfectly illustrated the problem that Matthew … Continue reading

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