Tag: ballet

Playing The Barre: A pianist at work

Balletopiano people! Here’s one for you. The result of a delightful chat with ballet pianist Jonathan Still. What do ballet pianists do exactly? How do dancers hear music differently to musicians? [gview file=”http://theomniscientmussel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Ballet-Pianists-Adair-Listen-Mag.pdf”] For more pieces like this – subscribe…

The Clog Dance – Royal Ballet

Men in bonnets! Clogs! Slapstick! Just another night at the ballet. La fille mal gardée at the Royal Ballet to be precise. The year of its premiere, 1789, was somewhat overtaken by a little something that would later become known…

Day 12: Holiday for Strings

This performance by the William Schuman Singers is perfect accompaniment those last few minutes of manic cleaning and kitchen prep before the guests arrive. Or anyone wanting to indulge in 1950s housewife domestic fantasies wherein you vacuum in a party…

Les Biches

Poulenc – Les Biches 1923 | Conductor: Georges Prêtre

Ballet Shoes

EN POINTE! from The Apiary on Vimeo. In the autumn, I had a chance to visit the workshop in East London where Freed make their ballet shoes. The tension between fashion and function, art and craft and high and lowbrow…

Duke Meets Piotr

Reader Matthew first alerted Miss Mussel to this bit of lovely two Christmases ago and it’s been in heavy rotation since. This reimagined Nutcracker Suite was recorded by Ellington and his band in 1960.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

In honour of the rather large snow storm that is hitting most of the American Midwest and Canada today, I’d like to offer a Christmas snippet about snow. Not the usual Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…