Late 19th and Early 20th century Music History

Jun 2nd, 2016
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Stravinsky, excerpts from The Rite of Spring: “Dance of the Adolescent Girls” and “Sacrificial Dance” . With Rite of Spring Stravinsky created a work that is sui generis, a genre unto itself. What musical features make this piece unlike any other work we have heard so far in this course? What features does this piece share with Debussy’s Nuages ? What features make this a good example of fauvisme (or primitivism)?Lastly, why do you think the first performance caused a riot?

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Running head: MUSIC HISTORY1Music HistoryInstitution AffiliationNameMUSIC HISTORY2The rite of springs by Stravinsky had several features that made it stand out from the music of itstime, and be considered a genre by itself. It was characterized by its highly rhythmic nature,application of various tones, and use of percussive dissonance as well as rapid change of meters.Its performance involved making irregular and jerky movements on stage, which includedjumping up and down with movements of individual limbs leading to the formation of rotatinggeometric patterns. This was as opposed to the stage performance of the day, which insisted onregular movements. This piece shares the feature of polytonality with Debussys Nuages. Bothpieces lack fixed tonality. Nevertheless, the rite of springs can be termed as a great example ofprimitivism due to its putting high importa

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