Category Archives: Playing for ballet class

Posts about the work of ballet pianists—including stuff that might not seem immediately related (like historical dance, character, musicology, and so on)

Me in conversation on a podcast

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Out today on the Ballet Piano Podcast, an interview I did a couple of years ago. I’d forgotten what we talked about until I listened to it. I was surprised to find that hearing myself talk about why I’d decided … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #52 (DK): Slow tendu music

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For those long, slow, school-y tendus for which no music seems suitable, here’s some suitable music. Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #51 (DQ): A coda medley

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What is a coda in ballet? Here are 10 pages of codas, and links to seven famous ballet codas you have to know. Continue reading

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More background on the party scene song in The Nutcracker

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Since writing about Bon Voyage Cher Dumollet nine years ago, I’ve found out a lot more. Here are some sources. Continue reading

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Galina Bezuglaya’s second book

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Perhaps you have to be as old as I am to be quite as excited about a book arriving from Russia, but it’s doubly exciting since I ordered it on 9th July this year, and with a combination of the … Continue reading

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Pianos and violins in the ballet class

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When did the piano replace the violin in the ballet class in the Imperial Theatre schools? Galina Bezuglaya has some interesting answers. Continue reading

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