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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Terminology Tuesday Lyre

Terminology Tuesday Lyre

In Gail Grant’s book Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, comes this term:  “Arabesque a la lyre [ a-ra-BESK a lah leer]. Arabesque with the lyre.
This position resembles the arabesque a deux bras (third arabesque Cecchetti)
but both palms are held up and the elbows are slightly curved as if the dancer
were holding a lyre. “

I think this defintion describes the position well.

A lyre is a stringed instrument that looks similar to a small harp. It was used by the ancient Greeks to accompany song and recitation.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #30f:
“In arabesque à la lyre, the dancer appears to be holding a lyre.”

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