Robert Helps, Thematic tours

Piano Music by Robert Helps

Shall We Dance (1994) [piano solo]

Not related to Gershwin‘s song and without question mark, please.
Shall We Dance is “a sensuous, but serious work”, according to the composer. Perhaps Helps‘ Magnum Opus for solo piano, this sumptuous, nostalgic piece is open to a broad number of emotional interpretations that make equal sense due to its strength of form, as in Chopin‘s Ballades.

Dedicatee Russell Sherman remarked it contains qualities of  Wagner’s "Tristan" and Hoagy Carmichael in equal measure. Its exquisite pianism makes it all "hurt so good".

Helps at Holiday Villas III in Clearwater, Florida where Shall We Dance was composed.

Duration: 12 minutes

An example of the sensuous craft of Shall We Dance.
From the manuscript facsimile, pg. 13
Listen to Shall We Dance
played by Dorothée D’Ildeaux
Listen to Shall We Dance
by Roberto Poli (YouTube, live performance, 2002)
Read Program note for Shall We Dance by R. Helps
Sound clip - Shall We Dance