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Old 07-17-2009, 01:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Any Stravinsky fans?

I adore the music from his Russian period, particularly the Rite of Spring and the Firebird. Some of his neoclassical pieces like the Symphony of Psalms are very interesting as well. A brilliant and revolutionary composer, to be sure.
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This music changed the face of classical ballet.

The story of the ballet is almost a cross between the "Lord of the Flies" and the most recent ABC program called "Lost".

The Rite of Spring depicted "scenes of Pagan Russia", where there are primitive dancers that often turn violent and sexually sadistic, and create vulgar tactics like play rapes and seductions. The ballet also involves clashes of tribes, and round dances.

The climax of the story involves a young lady condemned to be sacrificed by dancing herself nonstop until she dies in
front of a circle of elders (called the "sacrificial dance", or, just a little specifically, the "sacrificial dance of the chosen one").
But the death at the end is not what made the ballet very radical. The most radical part was the beginning.

The opening of the ballet, as soon as the curtain went up in its premiere, was akin to the wardrobe malfunction in one Super Bowl halftime show---because the overture of the ballet showed primitive teenagers dancing in near-nude garb,
which was so vulgar to a Parisian audience seeing the premiere, that they exploded in anger and screamed and even threw objects at the ballet dancers and even at the orchestra, sometimes drowning out the harsh music that permeates the ballet.

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I adore the music from his Russian period, particularly the Rite of Spring and the Firebird. Some of his neoclassical pieces like the Symphony of Psalms are very interesting as well. A brilliant and revolutionary composer, to be sure.
well said. No need to elaborate.
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You don't know who Igor Stravinsky is?

Anyways, I really enjoy Rite of Spring. Also Symphony of Psalms, which I think is one of his more imaginative works. Both are excellent. I've never listened to Firebird in it's entirety so I don't have a well formed opinion on it.
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The Rite of Spring is a crazy piece. Patrushka (sp) should get an honorable mention - also quite a work.
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His some rhythems are absolutely insane to play. Probably most of what makes his stuff so cool to me.
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not the best rendition but the ultimate visual accompaniment - you can forget the contemporary dance
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The Fantasia treatment of the Rite of Spring was just fantastic. I love the dinosaur parts towards the end, particularly the extinction segment.
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Some might be interested in knowing that after Stravinsky visited the Republic of Georgia and heard their unique traditional music, he proclaimed it the finest he'd ever heard and borrowed from it in later works. I learned this in my own study of Georgian music after it had captured my own heart and soul.

Those familiar with Stravinsky might enjoy comparing Georgian traditional music with some of his later works.

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