After the Rite: Stravinsky's Path to Neoclassicism by Maureen A. Carr

By Maureen A. Carr

The rebel that erupted throughout the 1913 debut of Igor Stravinsky's The ceremony of Spring on the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris has lengthy been some of the most notorious and fascinating occasions of contemporary musical background. The 3rd in a chain of works commissioned for Sergei Diaghalev's famed Ballets Russes, the piece mixed disjunct tonalities, provocative rhythms, and radical choreography that threw spectators and critics right into a literal fury. within the century following its most popular, The ceremony of Spring has validated its earth-shattering impression on track and dance in addition to its immortalizing impact on Stravinsky and his profession. Having won foreign recognition by means of the age of 30, what course may Stravinsky's course ahead take after the momentus occasions of 1913?

After the ceremony: Stravinsky's route to Neoclassicism (1914-1925) lines the evolution of Stravinsky's compositional kind as he hunted for his personal voice within the explosive musical global of the early twentieth century as he spoke back to harsh criticisms of his paintings. through the ebook, writer Maureen Carr offers new transcriptions and complex analyses of chosen musical sketches to teach the genesis of Stravinsky's musical principles as he forayed into surrealism, classicism, and abstraction to boost his signature Neoclassical variety. Exploring those annotated compositional experiments--such because the earliest facts of Stravinsky's appropriation of the "rag idiom" and the improvement of his so-called "sound blocks"--After the ceremony presents new perception into how Stravinsky challenged and guided the musical advancements of the last decade after that mythical Paris greatest. Enlightening visible metaphors, similar to the modern work of Paul Klee and people of the Russian futurists, complement dialogue of the musical sketches all through, delivering a complete creative context for Carr's extraordinary and rigorous examination.

A treasure trove of remarkable fabric for students, musicians, scholars, and normal readers alike, After the ceremony deals a much-needed delineation of the idea that of musical neoclassicism. Maureen Carr's leading edge and certain exam of the metamorphosis of Igor Stravinsky's compositional variety after The ceremony of Spring is a useful contribution to the literature referring to this iconic twentieth century composer.

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Futurism was a central artistic concern for numerous figures. 38 In Three Pieces, Stravinsky manipulated multiple ostinato figures that were juxtaposed and superimposed within sound blocks, in order to synthesize the techniques that he had used in The Rite.  , who studied philology at the University of St. ” Vladimir Markov, Russian Futurism, 140–41. 38 See Glenn Watkins, Soundings: Music in the Twentieth Century (New York: Schirmer Books, 1988), 224, for his discussion of the Three Pieces for String Quartet (1914) as a classic distillation of many of the properties of The Rite.

Richard Sherwood (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1973), 46. 5 Entire quotation: “It was Shklovsky who added to the prestige of futurism by delivering, in the Stray Dog cabaret, a lecture in which futurism was presented as doing the necessary work based on the general laws of the evolution of language. This lecture was later published as a pamphlet entitled Voskreshenie slova (‘Resurrection of the Word,’ St. ” Vladimir Markov, Russian Futurism: A History, intro. , Washington, DC: New Academia, 2006), 141.

Arthur Knodel and Ingolf Dahl (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1970), 57. 45 Robert Craft, Stravinsky: Glimpses of a Life (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992), 82. 46 Valérie Dufour, Stravinski et ses exegetes (1910–1940) (Brussels: Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 2006), 211–44. ”49 By differentiating between “procéde” and “tradition,” Stravinsky found a justification that enabled him to experiment with compositional process and yet preserve his neoclassical stance. As new processes would be introduced, “something new” would result.

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