Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882 – 1971) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor who later composed in France and the United States, as well. His compositional style was first developed in his “Russian phase,” when he pushed the bounds of music through his neoclassical phase. His ballet, Rites of Spring in Paris, shocked its Parisian audience and stirred a riot of sorts. Indeed, the subject of the ballet was, itself shocking: it portrays a primitive spring rite in which a virgin is prepared and sacrificed, hardly a common subject of prior music. Music pounds and is jarring as it whips up a feverish atmosphere which, according the audience, might be appropriate in the forest, but inappropriate to the concert hall. That was one of the early negative audience reactions to “modern music,” which defied many of the rules and assumptions of Romantic Era music which continued as the foundation of popular music, familiar to the public throughout the 20th century, Stravinsky certainly was revolutionary; but to say so risks understatement.
Symphony of Psalms
NU Chorale & Symphonic Wind Ensemble April 21, 2007
NU Chorale & Symphonic Wind Ensemble March 4, 2007
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