Title

Dance as Music in George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco

Publisher

The Society for Music Theory

Publication Date

2-1-2021

Publication Title

SMT-V: The Society for Music Theory Videocast Journal

Department

Music Theory

Document Type

Multimedia

Notes

In George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, a neoclassical ballet choreographed in 1941 to J. S. Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins (BWV 1043), there is a memorable passage in which ten dancers hop on pointe while creating surprising visual accents against the music and against each other. The off-beat accents reflect the jazzy character of the ballet, and the pattern they articulate artfully relates to a metrically dissonant rhythmic motive in Bach’s score.

Keywords

J.S. Bach, George Balanchine, Dance, Ballet, Choreomusical, Audiovisual

Language

English

Format

multimedia

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