Tag Archives: meter

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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Music theory for (ballet) dancers, the last word for now? Grant’s “Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era”

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I’ve just added Roger Grant’s Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era as my top choice for books on music theory for those interested in music-dance relationships (see my metre and rhythm page for a brief bibliography on … Continue reading

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Musicology, ballet teaching and time signature

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A proud day for me, my first proper article published in Empirical Musicology Review. “How Down is a Downbeat? Feeling Meter and Gravity in Music and Dance?” came out of a single teaching session, when about 12 years of trying to teach about … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #16 : Esmeralda male variation music (3h)

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Download the score of the Esmeralda male variation music (free pdf)  Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards You can never have enough grand allegro, and this is handy because it’s in a class of pieces that are ballet … Continue reading

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Confessions of an anxious ballet pianist day #25: 9/8

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I was tempted to put the ballet-class equivalent of the Holy Family on the 25th of this advent calendar, to finish off the series with a heart-warming sentimental twist that starts “… in spite of all these things that make me anxious, I love playing for ballet, … Continue reading

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Meter vs subdivision: An easy solution to the ballet and time signature problem?

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In the course of writing an article about the problems of ballet and time signature recently, I read a lot of books and articles about 18th century theories of meter. I’ve already blogged about that several times recently, as I … Continue reading

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