Music for Dance

Rory Foster

in Ballet Pedagogy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034591
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046297 | DOI:
Music for Dance

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This chapter discusses musical accompaniment for dance. Mastering the use of musical accompaniment can be the single most difficult aspect of teaching for most pedagogy students and young teachers. There are two forms of accompaniment used for ballet class: recorded piano music on CD and live piano. Both forms have their advantages and disadvantages, and teachers usually prefer one over the other. Musicality in dance means that an integral relationship exists between music and movement. It can be simple and literal or, in the case of certain choreographic performances, sophisticated and abstract. By utilizing the subtlety of nuance in phrasing and counterpoint, this partnership offers many possibilities in movement qualities and textures.

Keywords: classical ballet; dance teaching; musical accompaniment; musicality; phrasing; counterpoint

Chapter.  4289 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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