How and to What Extent Does Stravinsky Combine Russian Folk Music and Western Music Styles in the Rite of Spring? Ib

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Page |1 How and to what extent does Stravinsky combine Russian folk music and Western music styles in The Rite of Spring? INTRODUCTION Igor Fyodorvich Stravinsky (17th June 1882 - 6th April 1971) is an established and distinctive composer, pianist and conductor. Of the three great qualifications he posses, Stravinsky is widely acknowledged as a radical composer and musical revolutionary of the 20th Century, flaunting stylistic diversity in his works and constantly challenging the boundaries of musical design. Stravinsky was born in Lomonosov on the Gulf of Finland. His father, Fyodor Stravinsky, was a celebrated principal bass singer in the St. Petersburg Imperial Opera at the Mariinsky Theatre 1. Despite having attained such great achievements, Fyodor refused to let young Igor study music, insisting he pursued a legal career 2. However, a year after beginning his law studies at university in 1901, Stravinsky met Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Immediately after his father's death in 1902, Stravinsky begun compositional studies under Korsakov3 to further his passion in music. Background Of The Rite Of Spring: In the spring of 1910, Stravinsky was inspired to The Rite. As he completed The Firebird, he had a vision of a pagan ritual. As described by Stravinsky himself, "The elders were seated in a circle watching the death dance of a young girl who was being sacrificed to propitiate the God of Spring" 4. That inspired him with a motif that was rhythmically complex and challenging, and it soon grew into the Sacrificial Dance, the final scene5. In search of more ideas, he then went to Ustilug in the 1 2 Oliver, Michael. Igor Stravinsky. London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2008. P. 12 ibid, p. 15. 3 Igor Stravinsky - Biography. Humanities Web, Music, 2010. 21st Feb 2011. 4 Grondines, Pierre. LSM Vol. 5, No. 6 The Rite of Spring: Sacrificing Continuity. La Scena Musicale

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