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“Britain’s greatest living composer”

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Sir John Tavener, according to Ian Youngs in an article on the BBC website, is regarded as ‘one of Britain’s greatest living composers’. I mean no disrespect to Sir John Tavener, but don’t journalists say this about a lot of … Continue reading

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Playing for ballet class tips #22: With harmony too, less is more

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If you’re improvising or harmonising a melody, there’s a lot to be said for just sticking to simple harmonies, and avoiding chromaticism or excessive modulation for the sake of it. It’s not a competition to see who can fit the … Continue reading

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Playing for ballet class tips #18: take a lesson in 18th century composition

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A lot of pianists are frightened of ‘improvisation’  because the term is widely (mis)understood to mean that you play a chord with your left hand and wait for God to tell you what to do with your right.  It’s seen … Continue reading

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Playing for ballet class tips #17: Composing and improvising

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Today I’m delighted to have a guest blog by Andy Higgs, friend, composer and musician who’s currently company pianist at Ballett am Rhein in Düsseldorf. This all came about because he asked if I was going to do something about composing for … Continue reading

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Ballet troubles & music

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Music in Motion is an article on new scores for NYCB from The New Yorker by Alex Ross, author of The Rest is Noise. (Via theballetbag via Twitter) I enjoyed reading The Rest is Noise more than any other book … Continue reading

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Music at Rambert

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Very nice article about music at Rambert from the magazine of the ISM.  Great to see all the big  topics (what’s music for? how do choreographers & composers work together? who gets the last word? what are the problems?) raised … Continue reading

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