Category Archives: Musicology

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

New choreomusicology article

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Music, dance and the total art work: choreomusicology in theory and practice is an article just out by Paul Mason in Research in Dance Education that pretty much sums up where we are now in that field.  I’m feeling especially … Continue reading

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The Scotch Snap: everything you needed to know, and a hundred more questions

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This is probably the most interesting video I’ve ever seen on a musical question. If you want to know why, read on below the clip. As it happens, I’ve posted this on Robert Burns Day/Burns Night, so the topic of … Continue reading

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Dance rhythms fight back: the 9/8 hornpipe

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A while back I started collecting examples of ‘dance rhythms to annoy your music teacher with’. Nothing makes me more frustrated than the term ‘dance rhythms’. There are several generations of dance teachers who’ve been told somewhere along the line … Continue reading

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Musicology, music & terror

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Really wonderful article on musicology and music-as-torture, by Suzanne Cusick. Musicology, Torture, Repair in Radical Musicology.

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Musical surprises #12: The ‘tango’ is a maxixe is a polka with a habañera rhythm

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The maxixe was a lower-class dance that caused outrage in upper and middle class society in late 19th century Brazil. Not only did partners hold each other by the buttocks, but – horror of horrors – white women danced with … Continue reading

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The bifurcating waltz, moths & Van der Merwe

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Warning: this post may contain traces of moth Spent the day at Senate House Library (the music bit), on one of my regular-ish trawls for new stuff to include in modules about music for dance teaching. It’s a very odd … Continue reading

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