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A christmas carol ballet class day #25: Révérence – Quem pastores


Today’s the last in my advent calendar for 2014, in which I’m giving away downloads of Christmas carols for ballet class.

Tooting Bec Common, Christmas Day 2013

Tooting Bec Common, Christmas Day 2013

To download the song, either right-click (Mac: ctrl+click) the player above and select ‘save audio as’, or right-click (Mac: ctrl+click) this link and select ‘save link as‘.

Happy Christmas. I’m using the term ‘révérence’ in the American sense of ports de bras/cool down, rather than a florid obeisance to real or imagined audiences.  I like this tune when I think of it as Quem pastoresdislike it if I think of Jesus, good above all other, the hymn that the tune often used for. 

This Advent Calendar has been a meditation on music and copyright. You might not have noticed it except as a little recurring theme in the posts, but it’s there. I was going to write a whole post on that subject  today, but my head hurts, I’m tired, and it’s Christmas. But another day, I will. Meanwhile, happy christmas, happy dancing.







Online sheet music resources for ballet


Sheet music for ballet: where to find scores of the major ballets

Not often that I link from here to my real job, but I’ve finally done a factsheet* page of links on a subject that I’m always being asked about – where can I get the music for this or that solo from a ballet.

So here it is, online Sheet Music Resources for ballet courtesy of the Royal Academy of Dance, with  direct links to all the Tchaikovsky ballets, Giselle and Coppélia and a few more. 

Note: I linked to the RAD Canada site above, since the RAD UK website lost or relocated invisibly all of the music resources, which I assume is a blip.  It’s back online now at https://www.royalacademyofdance.org/about-us/music-at-the-rad/online-sheet-music-for-ballet/ — but I’m keeping the link above just in case! The pages are exact mirrors of each other, there’s no “UK” or “Canada” version. 

Sheet music for ballet class

And don’t miss my Year of Ballet Playing Cards (links to a clickable list of the posts so far) – every Thursday in 2015, I’ll be uploading a piece of piano music for class that you can download as a pdf and print for free, and blogging about it at the same time. By the end of the year, that’ll be 52 pieces. For more about that, see About A Year of Ballet Playing Cards.

*It was a factsheet, but as of March 2014 it’s a webpage – and update with a couple more links, too.