Ballet Class Music by Robert Long | CD, Download, Stream

Quality ballet class music can be hard to find. This site offers three albums of original piano music for ballet class, with listening samples, testimonials and numerous ordering options. I hope you’ll enjoy your visit (and thanks for dropping by!).

Music for Ballet Class Instruction: Barre and Center Practice

1. Ballet Class Music: Ballet Etudes


Ballet Class Music: EtudesI

Selection Samples:

  • 01 Plies Plies: 6/8 | 1 bar = 2 counts | Intro 4 counts | Length 64 counts | 4 sets of 16
  • 09 Battements Fondus Battements Fondus: 4/4 | 1 bar = 2 counts | Intro 4 counts | Length 64 counts | Tango
  • 21 2nd Port de Bras 2nd Port de Bras: 4/4 | 1 bar = 2 counts | Intro 4 counts | Length 32 counts
  • 37 Pas de Basques Pas de Basques: 3/4 | 1 bar = 3 counts | Intro 6 counts | Length 48 counts | 2 sets of 24
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Ballet Class Music: Ballet Etudes for ballerinas, ballet instructors and dance students, by

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In all of my ballet music albums, barre selections are played twice for classroom convenience

2. Ballet Class Music: Etudes II

Ballet Class Music: Etudes II

Selection Samples:

  • 07 Ronds de jambe Ronds de jambe: 6/8 | 1 bar = 2 counts | Intro 4 counts | 64 counts
  • 33 Developpes Developpes: 3/4 | 1 bar = 1 count | Intro 2 counts | Length 32 counts
  • 34 Warm Up Jumps Warm Up Jumps: 6/8 | 1 bar = 2 counts | Intro 4 counts | Length 128 counts
  • 46 2nd Grand Allegro Waltz 2nd Grand Allegro Waltz: 3/4 | 1 bar = 1 count | Intro 4 counts | Length 64 counts
  • 48 Chaines Chaines: 2/4 | 1 bar = 1 count | Intro 4 counts | Length 128 counts
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Ballet Class Music: Etudes II for ballet instructors, dance professionals and ballet students, by



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Ballet class music for center floor practice includes pirouettes, adage, petit allegro, batterie and grand allegro

3. Ballet Class Music: Etudes Volume 3

Ballet Class Music: etudes1



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Ballet Class Sheet Music:


Available immediately for several selections; others can be requested, but may take some time (this is a work in progress). For details, contact Robert Long





Hello, I’m Robert Long. Thanks for visiting my site.

It has often been said that the choreography of ballet is rooted in the music, but for me, the experience has been somewhat different. From an early stage I became fascinated with musically interpreting the balletic movements I was witnessing, and that is, to a large extent, how I learned ballet accompaniment.

You can read customers’ comments by clicking on “Testimonials” in the menu, and there’s a bit more about me on my “Welcome!” page. Or you can contact me (click on my name) if you have any questions or comments about music for ballet class and my albums.

More Ballet Music Information:

Courtesy of Dance Teacher Magazine, here’s an article about musicality as it pertains to ballet students, discussing timing, tempo, counting, dynamics, and how to help students who struggle with these and other issues in music:
Theory & Practice: Help Students Hear, Understand and Show the Music in Their Dancing

“Giselle” is a landmark ballet of the Romantic period, but the composer of the music, Adolphe Adam, is probably better known to most people for his Christmas hymn, “O Holy Night”. Adam was also a well known teacher, whose pupils included another important ballet composer, Leo Delibes. More on Wikipedia:
Adolphe Adam

For ballet teachers and pianists, the following video has several well known ballet selections transcribed for piano. Each selection is presented with a helpful title, the ballet it comes from and the Act and Scene where it can be found.
Ballet music pieces transcripted for Piano

Some years ago, I came across a book by British composer and author Humphrey Searle, entitled, simply, “Ballet Music”. For a subject that isn’t likely to inspire huge amounts of enthusiasm, I found certain sections to be quite intriguing. Of interest to musicians would be the instructions given to Tchaikovsky by Marius Petipa for the music of the Nutcracker. Professional ballerinas will relate to a dancer’s bewilderment when finally dancing to the orchestra’s performance of the music, after endless rehearsals of hearing it banged out on a piano. Searches show that this book may be available at Amazon, or Google Books (published by Dover Publications).

The music of Franz Schubert can be a very fertile source of music for ballet class. He is very melodic and renowned for his numerous songs (and of course many other works). There are several examples of what ballet instructors refer to as “square” phrasing, that is musical phrases of 8 or 16 bars, or multiples of 8 or 16. Here’s an excerpt from his ballet music from Rosamunde:
Franz Schubert : Ballet Music in G, from ‘Rosamunde’

Felix Mendelssohn, like Schubert, is an outstanding melodist, and his pleasant, tuneful music is often in phrases that are easy for learning dancers to follow. Here is an excerpt from The Dream, a ballet created using the music of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
The Dream

Jonathan Still, a musician who has composed, arranged and produced for the Royal Academy of Dance, expresses his views about music for ballet class instruction. This is a fascinating article for ballet teachers and pianists:
Can I have the wrong music please? Revisiting music for ballet class

“Square” musical phrasing (strict 8-bar or 16-bar phrasing) can get rather dreary. That is why I made mention above of composers like Schubert and Mendelssohn, composers of high quality music with phrasing that is often easily understood and followed. Another composer is Giacomo Puccini. From Madame Butterfly, I have made great use of “Un bel di vedremo” as a 3/4 adage. There’s also a beautiful Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut. And then, from Gianni Schicchi, there’s the famous “O Mio Babbino Caro”, presented to us in the following example with some lovely young ballet dancers:
Ballet sur Puccini: O Mio Babbino Caro – Suzalie

Beethoven and Mozart: In Beethoven’s “Pathetique” piano sonata (No. 8, Op. 13), the second movement provides a beautiful 4/4 adage (and for pianists who can cheat, it can be played in 3/4 as well). In the following example, Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca (piano sonata No. 11), there are several sprightly musical phrases that are easy to follow and “catchy” for young ballet students to listen and dance to:
Mozart – “Turkish March” (HD) | Rondo Alla Turca | Free Classical Music

The ballet music from Charles Gounod’s opera “Faust” is presented in the video directly below, and there are several selections that are useful for ballet class. The entire video is well worth listening to, but I’ve marked the time locations of some useful selections:

00.24: waltz
03.05: 4/4 adage
07.32: brisk 4/4, possibly for frappes or serres
08.53: 4/4, I have used it for grands battements
11.10: lyrical 6/8
13.16: nice, bright 4/4
15.14: final allegro, to scare everyone to death

Enjoy:
Charles Gounod – “Faust”, Musique de ballet

Another great opera, Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” has numerous tuneful arias, choruses and entr’acte selections that may be put to good use as music for ballet class. Here is just on of many possibilities, the Seguidilla waltz:
George Bizet: Carmen Suite #1 – Seguidilla

Broadway musicals are another excellent source of selections that are useful for ballet class music. Here’s just one of many, the wonderful Carousel Waltz (especially from 1.23 onwards):
“The Carousel Waltz”

There’s a selection from Aaron Copland’s ballet “Billy the Kid”, right after poor Billy has been shot, and everyone heads back to the saloon. Some of the phrasing may have to be altered, but the rhythms that are very useful for several different ballet class exercises (the selection commences at 4.40 in the following video):
Copland / Billy the Kid (Complete Ballet): 2/3

Hear the complete ballet music of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with the convenience of a complete list of Acts, Scenes and Musical Numbers (time markings provided):
Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet (Complete Ballet Music)

There’s a UK site that has a brief write up on ballet and ballet music, aimed at school children, with links to three important Russian ballet composers: Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, and articles that are also brief and aimed at younger students:
Ballet – Kids Music Corner

With Special Thanks to YouTube Followers:

These three YouTube videos have surpassed 100,000 visits:

Ballet Class Music: Port de Bras (from Etudes II)
Ballet Music for Class: Barre and Center Floor Practice (from Etudes II)
Ballet Class Music: Barre and Center Floor Practice (from Etudes Vol 3)

Robert Long interviewed at balletconnections.com