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Morning Class

with The Royal Swedish Ballet

CD Album



Recorded in 2012 at the Royal Opera of Sweden in Stockholm, this CD compilation is the result of half a decade of close collaboration between Anna Grabka as a ballet master of the Royal Swedish Ballet and Anna Buchenhorst. The training served as a daily forum for exploring and refining the relationship between ballet movement and music.

Anna Grabkas profound knowledge of suitable music for ballet class as well as a deep musical understanding made the morning class easy and delightful for the company.

All tracks have a preparation of four counts and for the sake of variety exercises at the barre are repeated with a change of music. This record is intended for both professionals and students in their daily exercises, as well as for everyone’s listening pleasure.

Instrument: Steinway & Sons Model C

Recording producer & sound engineer: Lars-Göran Ehn

Piano technician: Östen Häggmark

Cover design: David Kornfeld


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Full Track Listing     Total time: 75'19


Foot exercise, en face to the barre       2'43

A. Borodin: Dance of the Young Polovetsian Maidens            


Plié, gr. pliés & port de bras       4'57                      

F. Chopin: Scherzo No.1 in B minor
J. Brahms: Intermezzo, Op.119 No.2

B. Tendu      1'46
J.S. Bach: Second movement from Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056

B. Tendu regular       1'36     
J. Pachelbel: Canon

B. Tendu (quickly)       1'14      
W.A. Mozart: ‘Rondo alla turca’ from Sonata in A major, KV 331

B. Tendu jeté regular       0'39     
P. Tchaikovsky: ‘The Sick Doll’ from Children´s Album, Op.39

B. Tendu jeté (quickly)     0'59
C. Czerny: Étude

Rond de jambe par terre      4'54
G. Puccini: Tosca
F. Chopin: Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op.posth.
A. Buchenhorst: Russian Rond

B. Fondu      2'18
F. Chopin: Nocturne in C minor, Op.48 No.1

B. Frappé with petit battement      0'56
L. Delibes: Pizzicato-Polka

Rond de jambe en l´air      1'28
R. Schumann: Valse noble from Carnaval, Op.9

Adagio      2'25
P. Tchaikovsky: Theme and Variations

Gr. battement      1'16
G. Rossini: The Thieving Magpie Overture

Stretching      4'16
C. Debussy: Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque


Small adagio with battement tendu & piruette on the spot      2'15
J.S. Bach: Sicilienne, BWV 1031
F. Schubert: Impromptu in B-flat major, D 935 No.3

B. Fondu      1'07
F. Chopin: Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op.9 No.1

Piruette travel      6'18
L. Delibes: Naïla
R. Schumann: Promenade
F. Chopin: Mazurka in B major, Op.7 No.1, Mazurka in A minor, Op. posth.
C. Czerny: Pas de mazurka from the ballet Étude
E. Grieg: Anitra´s Dance from Peer Gynt
H. Wieniawski: Mazurka in A minor

Frappé & petit battement      0'49
S. Joplin: The Entertainer

Gr. battement      1'28
J. Brahms: Waltz, Op.39 No.11

Gr. piruette      1'26
I. Dunayevsky: Waltz

Gr. adagio      1'28
F. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53 No.2

Fouette en tournant, coda      1'03
P. Tchaikovsky: Pas de deux from Swan Lake (original version)



Petit sauté      0'26
S. Rachmaninoff: Polka italienne

Echappé      1'14
S. Prokofiev: March, Op.65 No 10
L. Delibes: Pas de Naïla (Polka-Scherzo)

Assamble      1'31
S. Joplin: Pine Apple Rag; Magnetic Rag

Jeté      1'54
J. Strauss Jr.: Polka (included in the ballet Le Beau Danube)

Sissonne ouverte or sissonne fermé      2'20
J. Strauss Jr.: Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410

Gr. assamble      2'16
Tchaikovsky: Pas de deux from Swan Lake (original version);
L. Minkus: Pas d´esclave from Le Corsaire

Gr. allegro or manage      1'43
A. Crain: Laurencia
L. Minkus: La Bayadère

Tour en l´air      0'43
I. Dunayevsky: Music from the film The Shining Path
F. Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin


Relevé      0'50
B. Bartók: Romanian Folk Dance No.2 (‘Peasant Costume’)

Echappé en pointé      1'24
G.F. Händel: Gavotte – Dance Movement No.11

Sissonne simple en pointé      1'15
J.F.F. Burgmüller: Peasant pas de deux from Giselle

Ballonné      1'34
A. Buchenhorst: Mazurka
Vårvindar friska (Swedish folksong)

Polonaise      0'43
F. Chopin: Polonaise, Op.40 No.1

Waltz      1'51
F. Chopin: Nocturne, Op.9 No.1

Pas curu      1'12
J. Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.5

Diagonal, coda      1'02
A. Adam: Le Corsaire, Giselle

Port de bras      0'40
J. Brahms: Waltz, Op.39 No.3

ADDITIONAL tracks for stretching

F. Mendelssohn: Venetianisches Gondellied (Lieder ohne Worte, Op.30 No.6)      4'01

A. Marcello (transcription by J.S. Bach): Adagio from Oboe Concerto, BWV 974      2'58


About the Artists

Anna Buchenhorst has worked as a ballet pianist at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm since 2002. She has performed together with Stockholm´s Royal Court Orchestra some thirty times as a soloist in various piano concertos choreographed for the ballet, and has taken part in several international tours with the Royal Ballet and also worked together with leading European ballet teachers of our time.

Anna Grabka, Associate Professor of classical ballet, toe dance and classical repertoire. Former first soloist of the Polish National Ballet and the Hamburg Ballet under the direction of Professor John Neumeier. International guest Ballet Master of European ballet companies. Visiting professor at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Anna graduated from the National Ballet Academy in Warsaw, and from 1980 to 1985 she studied ballet pedagogy at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, completing five years of education with a Master´s thesis.