Tag Archives: waltz

Can’t tell a waltz from a tango? I have just the song for you

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“I can’t tell a waltz from a tango” would be a great title for a ballet-related music course, though in all honesty, “I can’t tell a kujawiak from a redowa” would be more apposite. Songs that reference what might be … Continue reading

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Waltz offences: when to call the police

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For no reason except that I love the story, here’s an interesting fact about the waltz in 19th century Innsbruck. According to Eric McKee (2014) after 1780, the term deutscher Tanz, which until then meant any German spinning dance, began … Continue reading

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Judith Espinosa, the fishermen’s wives and the waltz

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As allegro was about to begin during a ballet class yesterday, I started to smirk thinking about something I’d read in Derek Parker’s fascinating book, The First 75 Years of the Academy, a brief history of the Royal Academy of Dance … Continue reading

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Tia DeNora, affordances, and more on the lyrical waltz

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In a previous post about the so-called “lyrical waltz” (a term sometimes used by some ballet teachers) I took a long time to come to the conclusion that perhaps “lyrical” in this instance is not so much a quality of … Continue reading

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A year of ballet playing cards #38 (QC): Prague Waltzes: Soft, strong and very long.

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Download piano sheet music for Prague Waltzes by Dvořak (free pdf) Read  more about my Year of Ballet Playing Cards When is a waltz not “a waltz”? Most of the time  If I ever get to play what I think of … Continue reading

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The mysterious case of the Lyrical Waltz

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I’ve just had an email from a teacher, asking me what I understand by the term “Lyrical Waltz.” Short answer, I don’t understand anything by it, but the long answer is that I’m rather fascinated by how a term like this can … Continue reading

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