Introduction to the Music

Barbara Walczak and Una Kai

in Balanchine the Teacher

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032528
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046310 | DOI:
Introduction to the Music

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This chapter attempts to explain the difference in approach between Balanchine's use of music and the more traditional way of moving musically by considering how Fokine's Prelude from Les Sylphides is danced. In the Prelude, the dancer does not move until she hears the music; in other words, the movement begins with the music and actually ends slightly after the phrase or note so that the dancer almost moves into the next step after the music begins. With Balanchine, the movement almost always begins before the music or note, and actually ends on the note.

Keywords: ballet; dance; music; George Balanchine; Fokine

Chapter.  1644 words. 

Subjects: Dance

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