The Swan Backing?

Posted: 6/22/2007 5:44:33 AM

From: Lawrence, Kansas

Joined: 5/9/2007

Nevermind the below post... Something was acting up in the link and when I removed the http:// it worked... Now to maybe find sheet music for better timing... -listens to it over and over-

Could anyone send me The Swan Piano Backing Track- played by Scott Marshall. The link doesn't seem to work anymore. My email is

Thanks much!
Posted: 6/22/2007 5:47:45 PM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

Posted: 6/23/2007 6:18:01 AM

From: paris, france

Joined: 1/16/2007

I'd also be interested...mine is
That would be very nice.
Posted: 6/23/2007 1:48:46 PM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

Posted: 8/23/2007 5:43:11 PM

Joined: 8/23/2007

I'm new, and would love to try to learn "The Swan". Would someone please send me the backing track?
Posted: 8/26/2007 8:13:27 AM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

I've uploaded it to the internet. You can access it here:

(be sure to credit Scott Marshall as pianist)
Posted: 8/27/2007 11:46:28 AM

Joined: 8/23/2007

Thank you. Now I have my work cut out for me.
Posted: 8/27/2007 12:11:27 PM

From: Wirral UK

Joined: 7/31/2007

Thanks for posting the swan backing Charlie.
I'm trying to get some serious work done after listening to some great music at Bushey
Thanks to Scott as well
Posted: 10/7/2009 3:05:22 AM
Dave H

From: Sedona AZ

Joined: 7/12/2009

I know this is an older post, but the song is still there
and it was great to get the piano backing for this
"classic" theremin piece.

Posted: 10/8/2009 8:37:08 AM

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

It was very generous of Scott to post his keyboard accompaniment for THE SWAN but there are a couple of things people should be aware of if they are going to use it for theremin practice or performance.

First of all, there are some odd tempo and timing choices in the interpretation. You will notice that the phrasing seems to hesitate at the end of each bar. I'm not sure why this happens. It might be an attempt at "rubato" but it doesn't seem to move with the feel of the music. It's almost as if the accompaniment gets stuck on each bar and then awkwardly lurches forward. It seems to stumble rather than flow.

Certainly rubato is in order for this piece but the accompaniment should be like ripples on the smooth water of a pond as the solo instrument (the swan) moves majestically across its surface.

This is not helped by the second problem with the track. It was recorded using a keyboard that was not touch sensitive, so all the notes throughout the piece are the same "mezzo forte" volume level. There is no expression, so there is a kind of "mechanical" feeling to the sound.

Yes, I know, you only want to use the track for practice at home, but you should be aware that you are practicing more than the notes. If you use this track you are practicing its phrasing, its "feel", as well. Its all a matter of personal taste. If it is to your liking, then no problemo.

Here is a video of Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya dancing The (dying) Swan to a beautiful cello & harp rendition of the piece. I saw Plisetskaya dance this at the old Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1965. A friend of mine was playing violin in the orchestra and managed to sneak me into the theater backstage. At the time, Plisetskaya was the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi and even though I was not a great fan of ballet, seeing her "up close & personal" was thrilling. The audience loved her so much they would not stop applauding and yelling "Bis! Bis!" (Again! Again!) until she had danced the same piece a second time!

I remember the smell of her as she swept past me in the wings. It was a strange, and compellingly delicious combination of perfume and sweat. I was GAGA!!

The Dying Swan (

Just a little footnote. Plisetskaya's family suffered greatly at the hands of the Russian dictator and mass-murderer, Stalin. Her father was executed and her mother, like Leon Theremin, was sent to a gulag.

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