Category Archives: Musicology

Posts about musicology—for the most part, this is the kind of musicology that includes dance

Music, time and politics in the ballet studio

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Just published online, my chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Time in Music, “The politics of musical time in the everyday life of ballet dancers.” Continue reading

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“On, Wisconsin!” and La Bayadère

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What have La Bayadère and “On, Wisconsin!” got in common? Read on . . . 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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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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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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Do marches really have to have dotted rhythms?

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Nice to see an article about marching music, one of the weird, esoteric topics  that perplex ballet pianists like me: a 2018 conference paper byNiels Hansen, Nicholas Shea & David Huron called Do Dotted Rhythms Increase Performance Precision: Why Marches … Continue reading

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