- Featured: Jamie Narushchen
- Release Date: 11/14/2006
Get inspired... again! The reTurning Point CD delivers breathtaking piano music from the most beloved story ballets and composers that students and aficionados are sure to love. The reTurning Point CD can be used in ballet class and for easy listening. Ballet instructors can have this great collection of music on hand to inspire their students, and purchasers of this CD will receive a 'Suggested Exercises' insert to include in their CD case (or they can print out the 'Suggested Exercises' below). San Francisco Ballet pianist Jamie Narushchen adapted several pieces that are ideal for class and can be used for more than one ballet exercise. The reTurning Point CD is great for classes, performances, gift-giving, or inspiration! 'Narushchen has assembled authoritative and inspiring selections from the great story ballets by Prokofiev, Delibes, Glazunov, and more in a format friendly to both teachers and balletomanes.' --Dance Magazine February 2007 'Celebrate the 30th anniversary of a classic ballet flick by turning up the volume on The reTurning Point!' --Dance Spirit Magazine April 2007 Suggested Exercises: 1. Romeo's Variation (adapted): adage, rond de jambe. 48 measures, slow 3/4 2. Masks (adapted): tendu, frappé, rond de jambe en l'air. 32 measures, lively 4/4 3. Gavotte (adapted): grand battement, pirouette. 40 measures, march, moderate 4. Juliet Dances with Paris: short adage, reverence. 32 measures, lyrical 3/4 5. Nocturne, Op. 62, No. 2 (adapted): fondu, developpé, adage, reverence. 32 measures, andante 4/4 6. Valse, Op. 69, No. 1: plié, balancé, rond de jambe. 128 measures, waltz, lente 7. Piano Exercise: tendu, dégagé, pirouette (center floor). 24 measures, march, steady 8. Three Piano Exercises: frappé, petit battement, dégagé. 32 measures 2/4; 16 measures 4/4; 64 measures 2/4 (no pauses, quick & lively) 9. Waltz from Skandinavisk Quadrille: adage, rond de jambe, port de bras, barre stretch. 64 measures, waltz, sentimental 10. Valse, Op. 70, No. 1(adapted): plié, balancé, rond de jambe, pirouette. 64 measures, waltz, moderate 11. "Reel" from Fiskerpigerne: frappé, petit battement, changement, jeté. 32 measures, allegro 2/4 12. Valse Variation from Sylvia (extended): grand allegro, battement en cloche, grand jeté, assemblé, sissonne. 64 measures, waltz, allegro con brio 13. Etude, Op. 25, No. 1: adage, bourrée, reverence. 48 measures, lyrical & flowing 4/4 14. Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote (two parts: waltz and adage): balancé, pirouette, rond de jambe, developpé, adage, reverence (complete pas de deux). 15. Basilio's Variation from Don Quixote (complete variation): grand allegro, pirouette, grand pirouette, balancé, grand battement (center floor). 16. Grand Pas de Deux from Giselle (adapted): developpé, adage, reverence. 40 measures, largo 4/4 17. Albrecht's Variation from Giselle (complete variation): grand allegro, tour en l'air. 18. Slave's Variation from Le Corsaire (extended): grand allegro, tour jeté, grand jeté. 40 measures, waltz 19. Dance of the Arabs from Raymonda (adapted): frappé, petit battement, dégagé. 32 measures, fast 2/4 20. Raymonda's Variation (complete variation): improvisation. About the Musician: Jamie Narushchen was born and raised in Minneapolis and began studying piano with his grandmother at age six. He studied piano performance at Johns Hopkins' Peabody Conservatory, and he joined The San Francisco Ballet as an accompanist shortly after moving out west. His strong interest in improvisation led him to take additional coursework in composition at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Throughout his twenty-four years at SF Ballet, he has regularly provided accompaniment for the West Coast auditions held by The American Ballet Theatre, The Julliard School, The Boston Ballet and others. He also enjoys the opportunity to play for Mark Morris's and Suzanne Farrell's classes when they visit the Bay Area. When he's not playing the piano, he's usually at home playing with his kids.
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