Tag Archives: Music

Sources for the “Esmeralda” pas de deux

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One of the oddities about the ballet repertoire is that the more famous and frequently performed the piece, the more tricky its musical history, like the  “Black Swan” Pas de Deux, for example, which does not exist in Tchaikovsky’s original … Continue reading

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Lightly up, up, up: John O’Brien, legendary dance teacher

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When John O’Brien died on 11th May this year, I suggested to the RAD that they should do something to remember him, since he taught for many years there, quite apart from being the proprietor of Dance Books. It’s hard … Continue reading

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On-screen commentary from pianist Joshua Piper during YouTube ballet class

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When I first learned to drive, I read a book about the police driving test, in which you had to do a “commentary drive,” which involves describing to the examiner (while you’re driving) what you are observing on the road … Continue reading

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Learn quadrilles for a day in Charing, Kent, 28th April 2019

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Here’s a lovely idea for a Sunday in April—come to Charing in Kent for a day of learning to dance 19th century quadrilles with early dance expert Nicola Gaines. Nicola and I have done a few of these workshops before, … 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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A year of ballet playing cards #54 (Red Joker): Odalisques from Le Corsaire

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Download Odalisques piano score (free PDF) Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards It’s that time of year again, ballet summer schools season, when teachers are supposed to tell you in advance what they are going to do in … Continue reading

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