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#1 BlackbirdBallerina

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Posted 06 February 2003 - 06:53 PM

hey, I was just wondering if anyone has any particular favorite cds for ballet class? I'm really thinking of getting one, but I don't want ot end up wiht something weird.
Thanks for the help.
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#2 Garyecht

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Posted 07 February 2003 - 01:08 PM

Iím not a teacher but I have purchased several Ballet Class CDs for home practice. Every Ballet CD I have ever heard has significant deficiencies in my mind. But then we all donít like the same music anyway and I certainly donít qualify as a music critic.

I would like to give a little commercial for one that I bought not too long ago. It is called Dance Class: New music for barre & center. It is produced by Antoinette Peloso (who is also a dancer), with the music played by Whit Kellogg. I bought it at Discount Dance for about $27 as I recall. It was their most expensive Ballet CD at the time.

What I like about the CD is the length of the tracks and the order in which they appear. The tracks are long, with most between 2 and 4 minutes, which I like very much. I like the organization too. You can just about start the CD and let it play continuously if you are practicing at home and know the combinations you are going to use that session. The music is different and refreshing. It is all opera music, which I also like very much. And Kellogg is an excellent pianist. Superb in my judgment, better than any other Iíve heard on CD.

Tempos are appropriate, though the music for plies is a bit slow and the first petit allegro is a little fast. But Iím an old, fat, slow guy anyway, so I really donít hold that against the CD. The second petit allegro is much more to my liking.

Meters and counts are given for each exercise. Some are repeated with a pause to change side, which is great. Others have the repeat as continuous, which isnít so cool. My counts donít all agree with theirs either. And some of the tracks are really really long. Take for example grand battementsó128 counts. That is 64 per side with an immediate repeat. Thatís just too long for the normal grand battements. But Iíve learned to work around this limitation. It turns out that there are 32 counts of what Iíll call traditional grand battements music and 32 counts of non-traditional grand battements music. What I have done is to do a traditional grand battements combination for the first 32 counts and then another combination that ends with turning to the second side for the next 32 counts. Generally I find ronds de jambre en Líair, petits battement, pirouettes, and balances work well with that second combination.

Degageís are long tooó128 counts, a pause, then a repeat. For degageís Iím pretty much repeating the combination just to fill out the music.

Overall, I like this CD and recommend it to anyone. When I got it, first I would listen to each track and verify the counts. When you have a very long track, consider combining steps. Iíve found that I enjoy doing that, by the way.

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Posted 07 February 2003 - 05:53 PM

thanks for all that info, garyecht. maybe i should get that one.

my favourites are those by nigel gaynor (an australian pianist who played for the australian ballet, and has now moved to england as music director for a company there).

he has 4 class CDs out - called INSPIRATIONS, NATIONS, SENSATIONS - and i can't recall the name of the other one.

in contrast to garyecht's CD, these have relatively short tracks - 32 or 64 counts, generally. the music is bright and motivating, with suitable tempi and dynamics for the exercises.

gary - in general, i often use NON-plie music for plies - regardless of which music i have for class. often i find plie music too laborious and uninspiring - too solid. so: try the centre adage music, or some other track.

btw, i recall a long thread at balletalert where class CDs were discussed, and victoria mentioned a favourite pianist who has lots of CDs out...

#4 Hans

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Posted 07 February 2003 - 09:45 PM

I have Dmitri Roudnev's Best of Ballet Volume V CD, and I love it. The tracks aren't too long, but they are definitely adequate, and the tempi are all very good, with some classic ballet favorites interspersed with the pianist's own improvisations.

#5 Garyecht

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Posted 10 February 2003 - 08:59 AM

Thanks Grace. Some of us are so rigid, we think we can only use the music as specified on the CD.

#6 luna

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Posted 10 February 2003 - 10:44 AM

Any of the L. Stanford cd's are straightforward.

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Posted 13 February 2003 - 04:25 AM

i think it was lynn stanford's that victoria recommended...victoria?

knock, knock...are you there?

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#8 Victoria Leigh

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Posted 13 February 2003 - 05:09 AM

I'm here grace, but I haven't recommended anything on this thread! Have not posted on this one ;) I have recommended David Howard's CD's before, but not specifically the ones played by Lynn Stanford.

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Posted 13 February 2003 - 06:22 AM

no - i noticed that you haven't posted in THIS thread. :o but i was referring to when this discussion about class CDs was held previously... (at least i THINK it was!)...maybe i'm imagining things...

#10 primaballerina13

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Posted 14 February 2003 - 10:59 AM

Just wondering, where can you purchase ballet music cd's? I've looked in a lot of music stores, but they never seem to have ballet music.

#11 LMCtech

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Posted 14 February 2003 - 11:49 AM

Check out www.balletconnections.com

That pianist is on staff at San Francisco Ballet School and made the CD in conjunction with the teachers there.

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Posted 16 February 2003 - 04:13 PM

Typing "ballet music" into Google produces some good results. Amazon.com also has a pretty good selection.

#13 BlackbirdBallerina

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Posted 18 February 2003 - 07:12 AM

Thank you guys so much! :) You gave me some really good things to go by, and I'll try to get ahold of one of these pretty soon. I've heard some music that I really like by David Howard, but I think he's made bunches of cds, so I'd have a lot to chose from. ;)

Anyway, Thanks so much for all the info! :D


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