SMT-V 7.2, “Dance as Music in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco” by Kara Yoo Leaman, is now available at

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In George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, a neoclassical ballet choreographed in 1941 to J. S. Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins (BWV 1043), there is a memorable passage in which ten dancers hop on pointe while creating surprising visual accents against the music and against each other. The off-beat accents reflect the jazzy character of the ballet, and the pattern they articulate artfully relate to a metrically dissonant rhythmic motive in Bach’s score.

Keywords: J. S. Bach, George Balanchine, dance, ballet, choreomusical, audiovisual