Yearly Archives: 2019

Fille mal Gardée: the Gorsky pas de deux music for piano

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The short version This post started out as a bit of excitement at finding that the source for the Gorsky Fille mal gardée pas de deux male solo was Czibulka’s Scène de ballet Op. 268 (1882), and that it was available, … Continue reading

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Steps in a polonaise rhythm: Rasmussen’s “Experiencing Architecture”

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Rhythm in architecture A few years ago I was trying to write some study materials about “rhythm,” and tied myself in knots trying to connect all the different ways the word is used in different contexts: art, architecture, poetry, music: … Continue reading

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Waltz offences: when to call the police

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For no reason except that I love the story, here’s an interesting fact about the waltz in 19th century Innsbruck. According to Eric McKee (2014) after 1780, the term deutscher Tanz, which until then meant any German spinning dance, began … Continue reading

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Historical dance resources page (Richard Powers)

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Now and again I come across resources on the web that make me wonder how it was possible to have missed them all this time. Richard Powers’ website about historical dance is one of those. I was looking for an … Continue reading

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Drigo’s “Reveil de Flore” piano score online

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Thanks to Patty Noel who alerted me to the fact that Harvard now have this available online digitally. We’d both previously searched high and low for it without success, but then it seemed to suddenly appear. As always with Drigo, … Continue reading

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Little Humpbacked Horse thesis online

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Great to read Aaron Manela’s masters thesis “Arthur Saint-Léon’s The Little Humpbacked Horse in Context,”  which is available online. Here’s the abstract:  In this study I examine representations of antisemitism, fantasy, and cultural imperialism in the 1864 ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse, … Continue reading

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