Initially, classical compositions, as well as rhythmic songs have been used as accompaniment to the gymnast’s routine. Currently, music for rhythmic gymnastics can be both classical or of any other genre. There are some clear rules regarding the choice of a musical composition for performances:
- Music for rhythmic gymnastics can be played by musician or different instruments. Gymnasts can perform only one routine (both individual or group) to composition with voice and words (in accordance with ethical standards).
- A coach should specify in which performance gymnast will use the music with voice and words and write it down in a Official D (Difficulty) Card.
- The music should be harmonious and logically structured ( arrangements are allowed). Chaotic combination of different musical fragments is unacceptable.
- It is not allowed to use atypical for rhythmic gymnastics music/ sounds (for example, sirens, noise of the car engine, etc.)
The routine of the gymnast in a competition is like a small play, which lasts just a few minutes. Coaches often choose different songs from children's films or cartoons for younger gymnasts. Such composition shouldn’t have very fast rhythm and be too energetic as adult gymnasts have.
As a rule, the composition for routine in rhythmic gymnastics depends on the choice of the apparatus. In this kind of sport music primarily sets the style of the whole performance.
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