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Why isn't music written for ballet anymore?

Opera, ballet, and music in general has changed. It is getting smaller, and there is more growth in the "chamber" realm. I personally know composers of both chamber operas and "chamber" ballet/modern ...
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How can I acquire a better sense of rhythm?

Good news: This is a learned skill, not just some kind of "talent" that one is supposed to have from birth (even if it's often learned at an early age), so it's something you can work on. ...
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Why isn't music written for ballet anymore?

It's probably because there are just fewer ballet companies than there once were. It's a lot like why there are fewer operas being written today. In a world of increasingly scarce arts funding, a ...
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Which musical form is a Trez(z)a?

Treza is often referred to as "trio" — the middle section of a ternary form piece. In this case it is also in triple meter. One listing for the term can be found in A New Musical Grammar and ...
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What makes two dances that share the same meter and a similar tempo different?

At least for dances from the Romantic era and backwards, music for different dance types in the same meter and tempo are not quite interchangeable. For example, even though they are both fairly slow ...
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How is the cha-cha counted?

first time poster here, so apologies if I mess up any formalities. As a former competitive latin dancer, I will try to explain this in dancer terms, then put my pianist hat on and try to get the ...
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How is the cha-cha counted?

The short: The count/the placement of the 1 should be exactly the same for dancers and musicians. Having been both a competitive dancer and a musician, it saddens me to see people saying otherwise. ...
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Why do famous conductors rarely conduct ballet?

TL;DR: Just skim the headings. The rest is sourced quotations supporting each point. Is the premise valid? Yes Few famous conductors have worked in dance with any frequency over the last half ...
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How is the cha-cha counted?

For ballroom dancers (either Rhythm in the US or Latin in International styles) the steps are counted: two, three, cha-cha-CHA where the last CHA is on the downbeat. Much of the rhythm is sounded by ...
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Is this a Waltz music?

“Beauty and the Beast” in its standard form is a pop ballad in 4/4 time, not a waltz. However, many times in musicals and musical theater they will do an alternate version of a song with a different ...
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Is this a Waltz music?

As already pointed out, the song itself is in 4/4 time. However, in the original animated movie, Beauty and the Beast are dancing a waltz — or at least something very waltz-like. Dance scene from the ...
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Anything else I need to know about the Tarantella before I compose one?

There is quite a tantalizing (brief!) essay, "A Question about the Tarantella", which at minimum may inspire some further research. Almost all students ... have confused the Tarantella ... ...
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What is Echo (a type of dance)?

Echo pieces usually have, as in this one, a short phrase that is repeated, often softer, as if an echo. In Bach's piece the repeat is not literal. You will hear it at the end of longer phrases when ...
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What makes two dances that share the same meter and a similar tempo different?

For ballroom dance, phrasing and melodic style matter. Rumba and cha-cha-cha are both in 4/4 with tempi around 112-136 or so. The rhythmic patterns are different as are the steps. In American styles, ...
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Any classical music written for dancing?

Is there any classical music written specifically for dances? I think I don't [know] any. You have essentially answered your question - albeit, by excluding much of the classical music that was ...
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Dotted Rhythm in Dance

I wouldn't read too much into the 'dance-like' comment. There are lots of dance rhythms - a stately Pavane, a flowing Waltz, a spritely Minuet, an energetic Jig, a frantic Tarentella etc. etc. ...
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Dotted Rhythm in Dance

Beethoven said nothing about dancing. In fact the first performance of the 7th was at a charity concert to raise money for veterans of the Napoleonic wars, and Beethoven's own introductory speech said ...
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How do folk musicians count repeats?

I've played a lot of contra dance music, which is a form of folk music for folk dances. I'm guessing you don't have 32 bars divided into two parts composed of two 8-bar chunks drilled into your brain, ...
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How is the cha-cha counted?

"one two cha-cha-cha" used by dancers is indeed musically misleading as the "one" for dancers is not the one in terms of musical measures. The 3rd "cha" is actually the first beat of the following bar:...
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Dotted Rhythm in Dance

It is referring to the dotted 6/8 rhythm after the dramatic intro. I have also heard this 2 sections might have the subtitle: invitation to the dance The fast 6/8 reminds me on a gigue or tarantella (...
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How can I keep the piece coherent when I have the rhythm of a Waltz and the form of a Sonata?

I see no problems with keeping a waltz in sonata-allegro form coherent. I've composed tougher and more aberrant sonata-allegros. A ragtime sonata-allegro, compete with properly repeated strains of ...
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What is it that brings a dance-like character in this Mozart rondo?

Is it the bass not starting until the second beat, making the first beat sound like an anacrusis? There is an anacrusis, but it's in the bass. There is also an elision. Beats 2-4 in bar 1, the bass, ...
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What is Echo (a type of dance)?

Echo (see Collins dictionary) derives from the Greek word ἠχώ, and means a softer, delayed repetition of the same sound, in the physical sense caused by reflection. So it does not relate to a dance. I ...
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How can I identify a type of dance which goes with a specific music?

Several main things to consider. The tempi (bpm) of all modern dances are pretty well sacrosanct - they need to be played at a particular speed. Ballroom dancers will know if it's correct. The feel of ...
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Anything else I need to know about the Tarantella before I compose one?

I've played a bunch of tarantellas - they make pretty cool guitar pieces. Here's what I've noticed distinguishes them from other styles: They're always in duple compound meter They are always in ...
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Dance of Nature Finale - Would Theme and Variations fit the best?

A few other forms to consider: Pastorale: the original "celebration of nature" form; consider 9/8 time. Passacaglia/Chaconne: a dance form, in 3, and supports a theme-and-variations style. ...
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How can I keep the piece coherent when I have the rhythm of a Waltz and the form of a Sonata?

I call the piece that I am composing, Valse Quasi una Sonata, which translates to Waltz almost like a Sonata One thing to have in mind: The terms "sonata" and "sonata form" are two entirely different ...
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How can I keep the piece coherent when I have the rhythm of a Waltz and the form of a Sonata?

You'll keep it coherent in exactly the same way you would if it was in 4/4, 6/8 or any other time signature. The essence of Sonata form is presenting two themes in contrasting keys (the Exposition), ...
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