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Artist: Various
Media: CD
Length: 140 minutes
Item #: DA004
Price: $40.00




BY SPECIAL REQUEST - Music for the Comprehensive Ballet Class
Rob Wood, Pianist with Shayla Bott
       Opening Statement
Playlist - CD #1
Playlist - CD #2
Bio - Rob Wood

Ballet teachers know that music is an essential part of a technique class, whether that also includes pointe or men's technique. Musical elements such as meter, rhythm, tempo, texture, structure and stylistic elements are essential to driving the energy of various traditional ballet movements and combinations. (Most recorded ballet class CDs tend to "box the teacher in" with a playlist of prescribed choices.) Of course the perfect option would be to work with an experienced ballet accompanist. We know that that is often not an available option.

This double CD set includes 94 tracks of various traditional musical styles and forms. The playlists are organized by meter (duple or triple), tempo, accent and ultimately traditional forms. CD 2 is an addendum to CD 1 providing additional music repertoire and diversity. This CD set is intended to be educational for both ballet pedagogy students as well as experienced ballet teachers. The ballet teacher should make educated choices by choosing music that is in line with the pedagogical development of various levels of dancers and the combinations that feed that development.

As you use these CDs, pay close attention to the meter, tempo and form or style of the various tracks. You will also see some descriptive words in parenthesis that help to define useful stylistic elements. There are phrasing and counts provided with each track that will tend to align itself with the structure of various traditional ballet combinations.

We encourage you to make a sincere effort to make the best musical choices. Encourage your ballet students to respond to the music as they execute the ballet combinations. All of this should help them to increase their musical awareness and help them to develop into gifted ballet dancers.

With our best wishes,
Rob and Shayla

 

CD #1 - DUPLE METER  
   
Track / Music-Dance Form (Style)Counts/PhrasesTitle/Composer
   
#1  
4/4 Adagio (plie’)16+16+16+16Pavane/Gabriel Faure’
#2  
4/4 Adagio (stretch)32+32+32Stairway to Heaven/Jimmy Page
#3  
4/4 Slow March (dotted rhythm)32+32Czardas-Lassu/Imre Alfoldy
#4  
4/4 Slow March (legato)32+32Schindler’s List/John Williams
#5  
2/4 Slow March (moderate)32+32Theme and Variations/Tchaikovsky
#6  
4/4 Slow Rag (slow swing)32+32+32+32Summertime/George Gershwin
#7  
4/4 Moderate Rag (swing)32+32Sing, Sing, Sing/Louis Prima
#8  
4/4 Moderate Rag (swing/pesante)32+32When I’m Sixty-Four/Lennon
#9  
4/4 Moderate Rag (straight)32+32+32+32Love Is Here To Stay/Gershwin
#10  
4/4 Allegro Rag (swing)32+32+32+32Cantina Band/John Williams
#11  
4/4 Baroque/Gavotte (moderate)32+32Gavotte/Cecile Chaminad
#12  
2/2 Baroque (moderate)32+32Brandenburg Concerto No. 2/Bach
#13  
4/4 Polka (simple/allegro)32+32Puff Magic Dragon/Peter Yarrow
#14  
2/4 Polka (simple/allegro)32+32Polka/Carl Reinecke
#15  
2/2 Polka (simple/allegro)32+32Animal Crackers/Ray Henderson
#16  
2/4 Hornpipe (polka/moderate)32+32Burletta/Max Reger
#17  
2/4 Hornpipe (polka/allegro)32+32+32Danza (Sicillian Vespers)/Verdi
#18  
4/4 Coda (lightly)32+32 / 16+16Handel Strand/Percy Grainger
#19  
2/4 Coda (driving)32+32March Militaire/G. Wittmann
#20  
2/4 Coda (diagonal)32+32+16The Seasons/Alexander Glazanouv
#21  
2/4 Tango (slow)32+32Habanera/Emmanuel Chabrier
#22  
4/4 Tango (moderate)32+32Mash/Johnny Mandel
#23  
2/4 Tango/Rag (moderate/pesante)32+32Tuttifanchen/Paul Hindemith
#24  
4/4 Big March (straight/pesante)32+32March/Graham Dickson-Place
#25  
4/4 Big March (dotted rhythm)32+32Pasquinade/Gottschalk
#26  
2/4 Big March (dotted/pesante)32+32March/Graham Dickson-Place
   
CD #1 - TRIPLE METER  
   
Track / Music-Dance Form (Style)Counts/PhrasesTitle/Composer
   
#27  
3/4 Adagio32+32Adagio in dm/Graham Dickson-Place
#28  
3/4 Adagio32+32Waltz in em/Graham Dickson-Place
#29  
6/8 Adagio (plie’)16+16+16+16+8One Hand, One Heart/L. Bernstein
#30  
6/8 Adagio (fondu)32+32Gagliarda/Ottorino Respighi
#31  
6/8 Adagio (traveling adagio)32+32Adagio in gm/Graham Dickson-Place
#32  
3/4 Adagio Waltz (slower/heavier)16+16Valse in A flat/Colleridge-Taylor
#33  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (thin texture)32+32What the World Needs/Bacharach
#34  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (thin texture)32+32Waltz in bm/Johannes Brahms
#35  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (thick texture)32+32Harry Potter/John Williams
#36  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (thick texture)32+32+32Valse Romantique/de Severac
#37  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (across-the-floor)32+32+32+32Masquerade/Khachaturian
#38  
3/8 Spanish Waltz (moderate)32+32+32Caprice de Concert/Gottschalk
#39  
3/4 Landler (moderate)32+32Clog Dance/Gustav Albert Lortzing
#40  
3/4 Mazurka (slower)32+32Scherzo in b flat/Franz Schubert
#41  
3/4 Mazurka (moderate)32+32+32+16La Zingana/Carl Bohm
#42  
3/4 Mazurka (allegro)32+32Mazurka/Peter Tchaikovsky
#43  
3/4 Polonaise (allegro/lightly)4x6+4x6+4x6+4x6Bolero/Giuseppe Verdi
#44  
3/4 Polonaise (moderate/pesante)4x6+4x6+4x6+4x6Caprice Espagnol/Anton Schmoll
#45  
6/8 Jig (allegro)32+32Song Without Words/Mendelsohn
#46  
6/8 March (very fast/coda)32+32/64+64Sheridan’s Ride/E.T.Paull
#47  
3/8 Petit Allegro Waltz32+32+32Allegro Vivo/Giuseppe Verdi
#48  
3/4 Petit Allegro Waltz32+32Three-Quarter Blues/Gershwin
#49  
3/4 Moderate Allegro Waltz32+32+32Waltzes in D Major/ /Bournonville-Forgeron
#50  
3/4 Grande Allegro Waltz32+32+32Waltz des Fleurs/Eugene Ketterer
#51  
3/4 Grande Allegro Waltz32+32Waltzes in G Major/ /Bournonville-Forgeron
   
CD #2 - DUPLE METER  
   
Track / Music-Dance Form (Style)Counts/PhrasesTitle/Composer
   
#1  
4/4 Adagio (stretch)32+32+32Amѐlie/Yann Tiersen
#2  
4/4 Slow March (legato)32+32Cancion/Enrique Granados
#3  
2/2 Moderate Rag (swing/long)64+64+64+32Hippity Hop/G. H. Green
#4  
2/4 Moderate Rag (stop time/long)64+64+64+32Ragtime Dance/Scott Joplin
#5  
4/4 Moderate Rag (straight rhythm)32+32Street Scene/Alfred Newman
#6  
2/4 Fast Rag (allegro)32+32+32+32Pork and Beans/C. Luckyth Roberts
#7  
2/4 Fast Rag (allegro)32+32+32+32Stride/C. Luckyth Roberts
#8  
4/4 Baroque (allegro)32+32Ballet Anglois/Johann Fischer
#9  
2/4 Baroque (moderate)32+32Konzert/J. S. Bach
#10  
4/4 Polka (simple/allegro)32+32Inspector Clouseau/Mancini
#11  
2/4 Polka (simple/allegro)32+32Paint Your Wagon/Lerner-Loewe
#12  
2/4 Hornpipe (polka/allegro)32+32+32+32Etude/Carl Czerny
#13  
2/4 Hornpipe (polka/allegro)32+32Polka/Antonin Dvorak
#14  
2/4 Coda (light)64+64/32+32Bugler’s Holiday/Leroy Anderson
#15  
2/2 Coda (slightly slower)64+64/32+32Oh, Lady Be Good/George Gershwin
#16  
2/4 Tango (moderate/pesante)32+32La Comparsita/Rodriguez
#17  
2/4 Tango (allegro)32+32Danza/Louis Moreau Gottshalk
#18  
2/4 Bossa-Nova (moderate)32+32Bossa-Nova/Graham Dickson-Place
#19  
4/4 Big March (straight/pesante)32+32Gavotte Pastorale/Anton Arensky
#20  
4/4 Big March (dotted/pesante)32+32Sunset Serenade/Laurens Van Rooyen
#21  
4/4 Big March (moderate allegro)32+32March of the Winds/Edward M. Read
   
CD #2 - TRIPLE METER  
   
Track / Music-Dance Form (Style)Counts/PhrasesTitle/Composer
   
#22  
3/4 Adagio32+32A Dream is a Wish/Mack David
#23  
3/4 Adagio32+32Barcarolle/Mikhail Glinka
#24  
6/8 Adagio (plie’/Stretch)16+16+16+16Heart Asks Pleasure/Mich. Nyman
#25  
6/8 Adagio (fondu/traveling adagio)32+32Green Leaves of Summer/Tiomkin
#26  
6/8 Adagio (barcarolle/stretch)32+32Barcarolle/Graham Dickson-Place
#27  
3/4 Adagio Waltz (slower)32+32Nocturne/Felix Mendelssohn
#28  
3/4 Adagio Waltz (slower/heavier)32+32Sometimes I Feel/Spiritual
#29  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (thin texture)32+32Blue Lake Tahoe/Dave Brubeck
#30  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (thin texture)32+32+32+32Gigi/Lerner-Loewe
#31  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (thick texture)32+32Brief Interlude/Laurens Van Rooyen
#32  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (thick texture)32+32+32Land Before Time/James Horner
#33  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (across-the-floor)32+32Fantastiks/Tom Jones
#34  
3/4 Lyric Waltz (across-the-floor)32+32+32Dr. Zhivago/Maurice Jarre
#35  
3/4 Mazurka (slower)32+32Mazurka/Hans Christian Lumbye
#36  
3/4 Mazurka (moderate)32+32+16Mazurka/Erik Meyer-Helmund
#37  
3/4 Polonaise (light)4x6+4x6+4x6+4x6Saraband/Leroy Anderson
#38  
5/4 - 5 Count (allegro)20+20, 20+20, 20+20Golden Idol/Ludwig Minkus
#39  
6/8 Tarantella (very fast/coda)32+32+32Tarantelle/W.L.Hofer
#40  
6/8 Jig (dotted rhythm/moderate)32+32Shepherds Dance/Edward German
#41  
3/4 Petit Allegro Waltz32+32Hunchback/Menchen-Schwarz
#42  
3/4 Moderate Allegro Waltz32+32Nymphs of the Danube/Strauss
#43  
3/4 Grande Allegro Waltz32+32Selena’s Waltz/Max Steiner
   

Bio-Sketch - Rob Wood

Rob Wood graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from Brigham Young University. At that time he was also class and rehearsal pianist with Ballet West in Salt Lake City where he accompanied many teachers, including Bruce Marks, Toni Landers, Willam Christensen, Denise Schultze, and Louis Godfrey. In 1991 he began working as music director and accompanist for the Aspen Ballet Company & School, the predecessor of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He has spent his summers as pianist and lecturer for a variety of workshops in the Inter-Mountain West including Dance Aspen, Vail International Summer of Dance, Ballet West Academy, Nevada Festival Ballet Summer Workshop and the University of Utah Summer Ballet Intensive. During the many workshops, Rob has accompanied many international teachers including; Peter Boal, Susan Jaffe, Hillary Cartwright, David Howard, Jillana, Gilbert Meyer, Toni Pimble, Alonso King, Violette Verdy, Edward Villella, Gretchen Ward Warren, Patricia Wilde, Patricia Neary, Darla Hoover, Suki Shorer, Laura Alonso, Yoko Ichino, Mark Goldweber, Susan Jaffe, and Adam Sklute; to mention only a few. Rob has performed live on stage accompanying a performance of the Pas de Deux from George Balanchine's "Harliquinade" with Ethan Stiefel and Miranda Weese of the New York City Ballet at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado. Rob has recorded two CD's under the direction of David Howard which were produced and are being marketed by Roper Records in New York City.

Rob is currently Associate Professor, Lecturer in the newly formed School of Dance at the University of Utah, where he has been a faculty member and Director of Music in the Ballet Program for nineteen years. His duties include hiring, training, and supervising all ballet pianists in the extensive studio program. Rob also teaches BALLE 1500, Elements of Music which is a course that emphasizes music as it applies to the ballet studio classes, choreography and performance. Rob has recently designed a new course for up and coming ballet teachers. BALLE 2500,Music for the Ballet Class,was designed for the ballet methodology and pedagogy students and leads to a ballet teaching certificate in the program. These courses are required classes to graduate with Ballet Degrees in Performance, Teaching, and Choreography. In the Modern Dance Program, Rob co-teachers DANC 1640, Elements of Music, along with faculty member Mike Wall. Rob also co-directs the Graduate Show, which is the third-year graduate thesis concert. He has also co-directed with Professor Sharee Lane, Performing Dance Company in its collaboration with the School of Music. Elaine Kudo’s staging of Twyla Tharp’s “Sweet Fields” was at the center of this collaboration.

Rob is also musical director and principal pianist for the Utah Regional Ballet and regular Guest Class Pianist with Ballet West. Rob has lectured on the subject of "Musicality in the Ballet Class for Teachers and Directors" at numerous Regional Dance America (RDA) festivals as well as at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher Seminar. During 2006 alone, Rob was pianist at three Regional Festivals of RDA include the Pacific, Mid-States and Northeast Regions. From 2004 through 2013 Rob served as Music Director of RDA’s National Choreography Intensive eight different seasons working closely with Directors of Choreography Alan Hineline, Kathryn Posin, Janis Brenner and Nelly Van Bommel. In March of 2010, 2011 and 2012, Rob was found in Berlin, Germany accompanying classes and teaching in music classes at the Berlin Statts Ballet Schule. Rob is a member of CORPS de Ballet International, Inc. and the International Guild of Musicians in Dance.

Rob is sought after nationally as a ballet accompanist because of his energetic approach to providing live piano music representing a vast repertoire of various styles, including classical, jazz, and popular melodies. Because of his intrinsic kinesthetic awareness, he is known for always providing inspirational music that is closely tied to the technical demands of the teachers and dancers. His music always reflects the nuanced energy of the ballet vocabulary. Besides his work as a ballet pianist, university professor and lecturer, Rob served eight years as a tenor in the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Rob is married to the former Ballet West dancer Susan Sattler. Their family includes five children and eight grandchildren.

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