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

By Maureen A. Carr

The insurrection 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 exciting 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 prime, The ceremony of Spring has verified its earth-shattering effect on song and dance in addition to its immortalizing impression on Stravinsky and his profession. Having won overseas cognizance by means of the age of 30, what path may well 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 sort as he hunted for his personal voice within the explosive musical international of the early twentieth century as he answered to harsh criticisms of his paintings. during the ebook, writer Maureen Carr provides 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 advance his signature Neoclassical variety. Exploring those annotated compositional experiments--such because the earliest facts of Stravinsky's appropriation of the "rag idiom" and the advance 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 optimum. 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, supplying a entire creative context for Carr's remarkable and rigorous examination.

A treasure trove of exceptional fabric for students, musicians, scholars, and basic readers alike, After the ceremony bargains a much-needed delineation of the concept that of musical neoclassicism. Maureen Carr's leading edge and unique exam of the metamorphosis of Igor Stravinsky's compositional sort after The ceremony of Spring is a useful contribution to the literature relating this iconic twentieth century composer.

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