Schubert — Moment Musical, D. 780, No. 3

This flirtatious dance is technically challenging with it's quick change of directions and extreme use of the torso to drive the movement into the space. Springing and turning presents every moment with new gestures and intentions. The pathways shift from curved to straight with surprising use of traveling actions both upstage and down. The audience is taken on a roller coaster ride and graciously acknowledged in the final gesture.

Notes

Andrea Mantell Seidel

Reference: Seidel, Andrea. Isadora Duncan in the 21st Century: Capturing the Art and Spirit of the Dancer's Legacy. McFarland Press, 2015.

Sprightly and vibrant, Moment Musical (circa 1908) captures the giddiness of young love, a world of imagination where relationships exist in dreams and visions. The soloist flirts with her lover through coy glances and sweet smiles. She is fully aware that her jovial dance delights and entices him and with this knowledge, she revels in the pleasures of her movements, skipping, darting, turning, and hopping to Schubert's infectious rhythms.

Sylvia Gold

Reference: Gold, Sylvia. A Selection of Isadora Duncan Dances: The Schubert Selection. Newport Beach, CA: Sutton Movement Writing Press, 1984.

This dance is probably the most difficult dance to perform well. The feeling of surprise must be present. Never anticipate the music. Make your change of direction very sharp. It was performed as an encore piece by Isadora, probably presented in a playful and perhaps flirtatious manner.

Videos

Title Date Dancers Full Dance? Notes
Catherine Gallant Moment Musical April 2005 Catherine Gallant Yes
Mary Sano, S.F. Duncan Dancer, in Schubert's 'Moment Musical' 1989-04-23 Mary Sano Yes
Sylvia performs Moment Musical Sylvia Gold Yes
Isadora Duncan Repertory Dance Company performs Moment Musical Yes

Related items in the Archives

The San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design > Programs > Second American Tour — Irma Duncan — Isadora Duncan Dancers

The Collection of Christy Cornell-Pape > Programs > Isadora Duncan Dancers — Nov 18, 1929

The Collection of Pamela de Fina > Programs > United Nations Staff Day Performance — Isadora Duncan Dance Group — 1979

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > Isadora Duncan Dancers in Minneapolis — 1930

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > S.F. Duncan Dancers, The Heritage of Isadora — 1989

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > S.F. Duncan Dancers, Whole Earth Expo — 1990

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Second American Tour — Irma Duncan — Moscow Duncan Dancers

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Riverside Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — May 26, 1977

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — Oct 23, 1977

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Duncan Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — 1978

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > The Dance of Isadora Duncan — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — Jun 10, 1978

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Homage to Isadora — Madeleine Lytton — 1984

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Linda Elkin — Isadora Duncan Dancers — Nov 05, 1987

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Retrospective Isadora Duncan — 1993

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Ballroom Blitz — Barbara Kane — Isadora Duncan Dance Group, Moscow School of Music and Movement — Aug 04, 1993

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Isadora Duncan Dance Group Gala Ball — Barbara Kane — Isadora Duncan Dance Group — Sep 27, 1996

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > The Enduring Essence — Ligoa Duncan — Isadora Duncan Dance Group — 2004

The Collection of Janaea Rose Lyn (McAlee) > Programs > Roerich Society Leading Dance Personalities — Irma Duncan — Isadora Duncan Dancers — Dec 09, 1931

The Collection of Francoise Rageau > Programs > Hommage a Isadora Duncan — Feb 02, 1986

The Collection of Francoise Rageau > Programs > Odile Pyros Program — Jun 22, 1987

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