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Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and the Music of 1911
The music Igor Stravinsky wrote in 1911 for his ballet “The Rite of Spring” is generally considered to be the most influential composition of the entire twentieth century. In this special lecture-demonstration, Michael Arnowitt explores some of the fascinating creative details of Stravinsky’s landmark work of genius, along with piano pieces all written in the year 1911 by Maurice Ravel, Arnold Schoenberg, Bela Bartok, and Sergei Rachmaninov.
Michael Arnowitt’s favorite period of music and world history, 1911 was a crossroads time between the old and the new. With the Romantic era in its twilight years, fresh and original music was emerging everywhere, much reflecting the turbulence of the times, with the end of aristocracy, public unrest from burgeoning women’s and workers’ movements demanding social change, and the birth of new technologies such as the car, the airplane, and electricity. This turmoil and ferment spilled over into the arts world: the Rite of Spring’s premiere in Paris caused a famous riot, and many important pieces of music of the age received a scandalous reaction at their first performance. Pianist Michael Arnowitt will perform and discuss great music he has selected from 1911, bringing to life this vibrant and extraordinary time.
Special Arrangements: piano, CD player
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