Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 93: Everybody Dance Now! Joel Fan On Classical Dance Music

Not the thumpa thumpa, strobe light kind. The other kind.

Pianist Joel Fan
Pianist Joel Fan. Courtesy of the artist’s website.

What came before twerking, Harlem Shake-ing, and popping and locking? The Krakowiak, the Polonaise, and the Tarantelle (which have really cool names, now that we’re looking at it). Pianist Joel Fan teaches us all about classical dance music, the composers who made it, and the circumstances from which the dances emerged.

Audio production by Todd “Pod God” Hulslander with moonwalking from Dacia Clay, and help from editor Mark DiClaudio and intern Nick Dulworth.

Music in this episode:

  • Bill Evans Trio: “Waltz for Debby”

All other music from Joel Fan’s latest CD, Dances for Piano and Orchestra:

  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Valse-Caprice in A-flat Major (“Wedding Cake”), Op. 76
  • Fryderyk Chopin: Krakowiak in F Major, Op. 14
  • Carl Maria von Weber / Liszt: Polonaise Brillante, Op. 72 (S.367)

For more about Joel Fan: www.joelfanmusic.com

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Dacia Clay

Host/Producer, Classical Classroom; Web Editor, Arts & Culture

Dacia began her career in public radio as the Audio Librarian for Houston Public Media (then KUHF) in 2009. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas' School of Library and Information Science, where she focused on special collections (thanks to the sage advice...

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