Original Music for the
MODERN DANCE CLASS - Volume 1

by pianist/composer Michael Roberts

 

Original Music for the Modern Dance Class -  by Michael Roberts CD cover

Michael Roberts' new CD release is 76:51 minutes long with 22 tracks.  

The music is inspired from the following Modern Dance Techniques:  Bella Lewitsky, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Joe Goode, Jose Limon.

Mostly Piano with some percussion.  Violin solos improvised by James Mark. 

Michael Roberts was born in Sussex, England. He began playing the piano at age four. From 1967 to 1975 Michael was production stage manager for Harold Prince in London's West End. He has been accompanying and composing for dance for over three decades. Michael has played for such notables as Finis Jhung, Stanley Holden, David Howard, Juliet Prowse, Mark Morris, Alvin Alley, American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has produced four ballet Class CD's and one Modern Dance CD. Currently he is music and technical coordinator for the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles California.

In 2004 Michael was awarded a special Lester Horton award.

Selections Include: 

 

Exercise

Instruments

Meter

Bar number

Time

1.

Warm up #1

Lyric Piano

2 bar intro 6/8 moderate

120 bars

4:54

2.

Warm up #2

Piano

2 bar intro 4/4 slow

58 bars

3:45

3.

Warm up #3

Piano, Percussion

2 bar intro 3/4 moderate

148 bars

3:41

4.

Warm up #4

Piano, Percussion

2 bar intro 4/4 moderate

80 bars

4:25

5.

Floor Exercise #1

Piano

2 bar intro 6/8 modernate

126 bars

2:59

6.

Floor Exercise #2

Piano

 1 bar intro 3/4 slow

 150 bars

3:49

7.

Floor Exercise #3

Piano, Percussion,
Violin

2 bar intro 4/4 slow

96 bars

3:17

8.

Floor Exercise #4

Lyric Piano

 2 bar intro 6/8 moderate

 80 bars

3::39

9.

 Combination #1

Piano, Percussion

4 bar intro 4/4 fast

96 bars

2:53

10.

Combination #2

Lyric Piano

 4 bar intro 3/4 slow

 132 bars

3:47

11.

Combination #3

Piano

4 bar intro 4/4 moderate

146 bars

4:54

12.

Combination #4

Percussion

2 bar intro 7/4 moderate

26 Bars

1:37

13.

Combination #5

Piano, Percussion,
Jazzy Violin

4 bar intro 4/4 moderate

72 bars

2:27

14.

Combination #6

Piano, Percussion,
Violin

2 bar intro 4/4 slow

76 bars

4:13

15.

Combination #7

Piano, Percussion,
Violin

2 bar intro 4/4 moderate

60 bars

3:09

16.

Across Floor #1

Piano

 2 bar intro 6/8 fast

 86 Bars

2:53

17.

Across Floor #2

Piano

4 bar intro 4/4 fast

96 bars

2:36

18.

Across Floor #3 

Piano, Percussion

 4 bar intro 4/4 moderate

 80 bars

2:39

19.

Across Floor #4

Percussion

1 bar intro 9/4 fast

31 bars

1:33

20.

Across Floor #5 

Piano

1 bar intro 3/4 fast

200 bars

3:22

21.

Across Floor #6       

Piano, Percussion, Violin

2 bar intro 6/8 fast

112 bars

4:18

22.

Cool down 

Piano, Violin

  2 bar intro 4/4 moderate 

56 Bars

4:32

 “The right combination of dynamic accompaniment for teaching modern dance class is found in Michael’s CD.  I appreciate that the tracks are long enough to allow the necessary warm-up and repetition of exercises at the beginning of class, and inspirational for substantive combinations across the floor.  Training dancers in musicality is one of my teaching objectives, and much easier when the music is fun and makes them listen!”  ... Bonnie Oda Homsey (Former principal dancer Martha Graham Dance Company/Master teacher/Choreographer)

 "Composer and accompanist Michael Roberts takes what we do, and skillfully translates it into what we hear.  He understands dance from the inside out.  A class with Michael's music is like champagne without bubbles."  ...Douglas Nielsen (Master teacher/Choreographer)

 Excerpts of Original Music for the MODERN DANCE CLASS - Volume One are in MP3 format.
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Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 1 - Warm up #1 
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 2 -
Warm up #2
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 5 -
Floor Exercise #1
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 7 -
Floor Exercise #3
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 9 -
Combination #1
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 12 -
Combination #4
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 13 -
Combination #5
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 14 -
Combination #6
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 16 -
Across Floor #1
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 19 -
Across Floor #4
Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 22 -
Cool down 

 

Original Music for the Modern Dance Class - Vol 1 is $23.00 for the CD.

See Michael's other CDs:

Dancing Fingers - Vol 8
Music for Ballet Class - Vol 4

Original Music for the Ballet Class - Vol 7
Original Music for the Modern Dance Class - Vol 1
Between the Barres
Dancing Scores
English Impressions


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