Instructions: These are questions pertaining to Chapters 21-22 in your text and related to Worksheet 7. Please elaborate on your answers with a minimum of 5 sentences.
1. Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" was a seminal work in the history of music: it influenced a whole generation of composers who came afterwards. Can you think of something, whether it be in movies, music, art, or anything else, that has had that kind of impact? (Please try and think of a single work of art, not a whole stylistic trend, nor the artist(s) who may have created the work. It may be a movie, an important book, a t.v. show that was very influential on other shows, a painting. Make sure also that you're mentioning a work of art. If you name the I-pad, a video game, or any other electronic or technological device, you will get this question wrong).
2. As we've seen, Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" was an enormous shock for more than half of the audience that went to that first performance in 1913. That premier is still considered to be the greatest scandal in Western music history. How do you feel about shock value in contemporary popular music? Can you think of a particular instance where it's happened, and if so, was it something the artist/songwriter said or did personally or was it the song itself that was shocking? Finally, do you think the shock was part of the artistic value of the song, or was it done merely as a publicity stunt? In other words, was it honest or dishonest? (Keep in mind here that we are talking about artists and artistic creations. Please don't write about things such as Coca Cola, the Ipad, or video games).
3. Schoenberg was one of those great minds in history who felt he had a mission: at the beginning of the 20th century, he was convinced that there was nothing more to be done with tonal music, that composing music with a tonal center was "old hat." He felt that the next step in the evolution of music was atonality: music with no tonal center. Many did not agree with this: Stravinsky and other composers continued to write tonal music. The music of our own time is mostly tonal. With this in mind, can you think of good reasons why Schoenberg would arrive at the conclusion that he did? (Remember that Schoenberg was one of the greatest musical thinkers of the century and that his atonal system was not created merely to shock people, nor to be outrageous).