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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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Everyday life as a ballet pianist: a cartoon by Marlene Spiers

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What not to say to ballet pianists: a cartoon from 1990 captures the moment perfectly! Continue reading

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Rudy Apffel’s Czerny For Ballet Class blog

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Absolutely thrilled to discover Rudy Apfells’ Czerny for Ballet Class blog  — lovely recordings of huge numbers of Czerny exercises, together with reimaginings/reworkings of them (see here for a description of the project) lots of interesting commentary, and downloadable scores.  … Continue reading

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Music in “Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear” by Stephen Manes

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I bought Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear when it first came out in 2011: I didn’t particularly want to read it (because I spend enough time in this world at work) but I couldn’t ignore it as a kind of ethnography … Continue reading

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Ballet pianists on film

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Film clips of ballet pianists playing for class are so rare. There are films (such as the World Ballet Day online classes) where pianists play for a class that is being broadcast, but that is quite a different thing. The … Continue reading

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Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #18: Page turns

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I’m not a particularly tidy or obsessive person, except when it comes to scores that I have to play from. If it’s for a performance, I’ll want to know exactly what the score does long in advance: where are the page … Continue reading

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