The Great Ballets
Firebird, Petrushka, Rite of Spring, Apollo.
Igor Stravinskiy is a great composer and his career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first became very famous with three ballets commissioned by Sergey Diaghilev: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and the Rite of Spring (1913). They were first performed in Paris by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and significantly transformed the way composers thought about rhythmic structure. One more wonderful ballet was composed a bit later between 1927 and 1928 and it is famous as Apollo (Apollon Musagete).
In Russia everyone has heard about great ballet Firebird by Stravinskiy at least once. The music of ...view middle of the document...
These sounds disturb previous tranquility and pulsing throughout entire composition.
Another great ballet by Stravinskiy Petrushka is a new word in music. It is carefully composed of popular intonation of Russian urban folklore. Music form of Petrushka is very unique and different from the others. Through this composition we feel the fun that takes place on the square in one or the Russian small cities. All melodies of this work are sustained in national spirit. They remind me about typical Russian celebration of Maslenica, where people have fun, play different games and of course eat pancakes.
In the ballet “Rite of Spring” rhythm became the dominant element. The entry of this composition creates a picture of the gradual awakening of the nature. This precise rhythm, against which you can hear many different flashing melodies. However, at some point this rapid pace is suddenly interrupted. Sound becomes more melodious and we feel how pace is accelerating and drums destroy this charm. We feel the power of nature and realize how it is magnificent.
When we talk about Apollo by Stravinsly we firstly...