April 2011

Examining three prominent sections of the Rite of Spring

 

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The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps) is nearly one hundred years old and is often still performed, both as a ballet and as a symphonic performance.  Composed by Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky and choreographed by the famous dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky, the piece is deceptively simple and primitive, but its subtle complexities seems to be what makes it relevant today. The ballet is divided into two parts, with eight movements in the first half and six in the second.  I will delve into three of the most important movements in the ballet.

Postmodernism and historicism: "it" but accurate words in classical music

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  Postmodernism in 20th century music is not easily defined. More often than not, however, postmodernism in classical music is related to the present’s relationship with past and answers difficult questions like do we want the past, do we need the past and how does the past relate to us today?

        The term postmodernism as it is applied to music began as a reaction to the prominent musical movements of the 1950's and 60's, minimalism and modernism. Postmodernists railed against two qualities of this type of music: non-tonality and internal consistency, defined as a single musical language throughout a piece.