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

By Maureen A. Carr

The revolt that erupted through the 1913 debut of Igor Stravinsky's The ceremony of Spring on the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris has lengthy been probably the most notorious and fascinating occasions of contemporary musical heritage. 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 premier, The ceremony of Spring has established its earth-shattering impression on track and dance in addition to its immortalizing impact on Stravinsky and his profession. Having received overseas cognizance via the age of 30, what path may possibly Stravinsky's direction 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 variety 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. in the course of the publication, writer Maureen Carr provides new transcriptions and complicated analyses of chosen musical sketches to teach the genesis of Stravinsky's musical principles as he forayed into surrealism, classicism, and abstraction to advance his signature Neoclassical sort. Exploring those annotated compositional experiments--such because the earliest proof 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 most excellent. Enlightening visible metaphors, equivalent 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 unheard of and rigorous examination.

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

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Bowlt, “Russian Formalism and the Visual Arts,” Russian Formalism, ed.  Bowlt, 133. 36 Ibid. 7 David Burliuk, Dance Variation after The Dancer, 1910, repainted in 1962. ) With the kind permission of Mary Burliuk Holt. Photograph by Ernest Mayer. Photograph provided courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. 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.

64 65 26 i After the Rite of the sketches for this work and an analysis of the published edition. To my way of thinking, Piano-Rag-Music demonstrates a quintessential alienation or deformation of its tonal model that defamiliarizes its source. If the essence of surrealism has to do with the level to which Stravinsky alienates his model, then Piano-Rag-Music is a perfect example. Most pianists would agree that, because of its nature and the manner in which the model is disguised and distorted, Piano-Rag-Music falls into the category of surrealism.

5 by Robert Delaunay, La Ville de Paris (1910–12) for an earlier example of superimposition of images, with one layer representing Greek antiquity. 13 14 12 i After the Rite for Neoclassicism. Moreover, Baranov-Rossiné’s approach to the superimposition of textures would become a distinctive feature of Neoclassicism in art, music, and poetry. 18 Sonia Delaunay Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) lived in St. 3. 4. 3. It is not surprising that Sonia Delaunay gives homage to Blaise Cendrars (1887–1961), a Swiss poet.

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