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Andrew Litton Changes Tempo


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I have always wondered if the tempi and interpretation directions in the score when Robert Irving was music director are still followed. After all, Robert Irving was responding musically to the dance that Balanchine was at that time creating and recreating. I imagined Irving's notations to the score were preserved like the bible of costume swatches the company keeps so that costumes when renewed are true to the originals.

Now a Times article describes how the new music director, Andrew Litton, asked for a tempo change in Waltz of the Flowers of Nutcracker last year. Does anyone know if there is a consistent standard for tempos and interpretive nuance that is followed by conductors year after year at City Ballet? A change in the music means a change in the dancing. This is an issue that has mystified and interested me.

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