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And now for something completely sextuple

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This variation by Mozart on “Ah, vous dirai-je maman”, K.265/300e has turned out to be a real life-saver in class for one of those ballet exercises where you need a 6/8 that gives you six quavers in a bar (click here to hear … Continue reading

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More on “truly triple meter” – are Chopin’s waltzes really mazurkas?

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I’m not saying that Chopin couldn’t write a waltz, or that his embodied sense of  waltzing was too fragile to be able to incorporate it in music. But I wonder if the inherent tripleness of his waltzes is not a … Continue reading

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More on the rareness of the truly triple waltz

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In my last post, I said “Truly triple waltzes are an impossibility. They shouldn’t exist, and they don’t”. Less than 48 hours later, while I was playing Ich weiß nicht zu wem ich gehöre for a warm-up tendu, I realised I was wrong. There are examples … Continue reading

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Playing for ballet class tips day 19: read the feet, divide the beat

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In petit allegro, it’s a useful rule of thumb to listen to the rhythm of the exercise as the teacher sets it, and look very carefully at the feet as it’s being marked. Work out what the rhythm is that … Continue reading

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Playing for ballet class tips #4: Forget about time signatures in ballet class

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Time signatures in ballet class: don’t get precious about them There’s no polite way to say this—pianists, don’t get pissy about time signatures in ballet class. In other words, if a teacher says they want a 4 and then mark … Continue reading

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Dance rhythms fight back: the 9/8 hornpipe

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A while back I started collecting examples of ‘dance rhythms to annoy your music teacher with’. Nothing makes me more frustrated than the term ‘dance rhythms’. There are several generations of dance teachers who’ve been told somewhere along the line … Continue reading

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