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  • Made popular through Igor Stravinsky and his three ballets
  • Rite of Spring (1913)
  • One of most influential and controversial works in history
  • People rioted, booed, and threw things
  • Emancipated rhythm with polyrhythms and mixed meter


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  • Intro 0:00
  • What?! 0:08
    • The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky
    • Possibly the Most Important Singular Work in Western Music History
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882-1961) 1:49
    • Russian Composer, Lived in Paris, Moved to U.S.
    • Wrote Everything
    • Launched to Fame in Paris with Three Ballets: Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911), Rite of Spring (1913)
  • Rite of Spring (1913) 3:43
    • Stravinsky Emancipated Rhythm
    • Rite of Spring is a Ballet by Diaghilev and Najinsky
    • Complex Rhythms, Crazy Meters, Timbres, and Dissonance
    • Polytonality and Polyrhythms
    • Primitive Aspect of Ballet and Story
    • Historical Rites, Sacrifices, and Fertility
  • Rite of Spring 7:44
    • Premiered in 1913 and the Audience Rioted
    • Example: Rite of Spring
    • Melody
    • Melody: Bassoon
    • Harmony: Polytonality
    • Form: A Ballet in Two Parts
    • Tone: Harsh, Instrumental Extremes
    • Meter: Mixed Meter
    • Dynamics: Wide and Varied
    • Texture: Quick Changes
  • Rhythm! 15:12
    • Polyrhythms (3:2, 4:3, etc.)
    • Duplets, Triplets, Quintuplets, Sextuplets, etc.
  • Why Important/Review 17:09
    • Launched the 20th Century as Age of Exploration
    • Blew the Lid Off Rhythm and Meter Development
    • Orchestration was Off the Hook
    • Still One of the Most Recorded and Performed Works
    • Audience Rioted
    • Has Influenced Scores of Composers and Artists
    • One of the Most Written-About Works