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After the Rite : Stravinsky's Path to Neoclassicism (1914-1925) - Maureen A. Carr

After the Rite

Stravinsky's Path to Neoclassicism (1914-1925)


Published: 24th April 2014
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The riot that erupted during the 1913 debut of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring at the The√Ętre des Champs-Elysees in Paris has long been one of the most infamous and intriguing events of modern musical history. The third in a series of works commissioned for Sergei Diaghalev's famed Ballets Russes, the piece combined disjunct tonalities, provocative rhythms, and radical choreography that threw spectators and critics into a literal fury. In the century following its premiere, The Rite of Spring has demonstrated its earth-shattering impact on music and dance as well as its immortalizing effect on Stravinsky and his career. Having gained international attention by the age of 30, what direction could Stravinsky's path forward take after the momentus events of 1913?

After the Rite: Stravinsky's Path to Neoclassicism (1914-1925) traces the evolution of Stravinsky's compositional style as he searched for his own voice in the explosive musical world of the early 20th century as he responded to harsh criticisms of his work. Throughout the book, author Maureen Carr presents new transcriptions and sophisticated analyses of selected musical sketches to show the genesis of Stravinsky's musical ideas as he forayed into surrealism, classicism, and abstraction to develop his signature Neoclassical style. Exploring these annotated compositional experiments--such as the earliest evidence of Stravinsky's appropriation of the "rag idiom" and the development of his so-called "sound blocks"--After the Rite provides new insight into how Stravinsky challenged and guided the musical developments of the decade after that legendary Paris premiere. Enlightening visual metaphors, such as the contemporary paintings of Paul Klee and those of the Russian futurists, supplement discussion of the musical sketches throughout, offering a comprehensive artistic context for Carr's unprecedented and rigorous examination.

A treasure trove of outstanding material for scholars, musicians, students, and general readers alike, After the Rite offers a much-needed delineation of the concept of musical neoclassicism. Maureen Carr's innovative and detailed examination of the metamorphosis of Igor Stravinsky's compositional style after The Rite of Spring is an invaluable contribution to the literature concerning this iconic 20th century composer.

"Throughout Carr's analysis, the reader can witness how the composer establishes and maintains objectivity in his compositions...Carr's scholarship successfully elucidates this correspondence and compels us to investigate Stravinsky's music further and from other vantage points."--Music Theory Online "Not only does it furnish the Stravinsky scholar with insight into the composer's creative processes and socio-historical-aesthetic background, it provides those more widely interested in sketch-study methodology with a welcome compendium of resources and insights to which they will frequently return."--Music Analysis "If Stravinsky's legacy to the twentieth century (and beyond) is to be fully evaluated, then an analytical rehearing of his neoclassical works is long overdue."--Dissonance: Swiss Music Journal for Research and Creation "Carr's book contains a vast amount of information, including musical examples, sketch reproductions, tabular presentations of musical form, and meticulous documentation. Thus, it will prove invaluable to the student of this period in Stravinsky's life...Because of its more technical nature, I suspect Carr's book will find its audience among musicians and Stravinsky scholars, an audience that will be rewarded with a trove of ideas and information."--he Russian Review


Chapter One: The emergence of Stravinsky's neoclassicism and the aesthetic underpinnings of the idea in the other arts and in recent social/political history

Chapter Two: Stravinsky at the Crossroads after the Rite Jeu de rossignol mécanique [Performance of the Mechanical Nightingale] (1 August 1913) Trois pièces (Vl 2, Va, Vc; ), II [Three Pieces for String Quartet, II] Grotesques "Eccentrique" (2 July 1914) Trois pièces faciles (Kl 4 hdg) [Three Easy Pieces] (4 hands) "Marche" (19 December 1914)

Chapter Three: Stravinsky at the Crossroads between Primitivism and Neoclassicism Renard [Bajka](1915-1916) and Histoire du soldat (1917-1918)

Chapter Four: Stravinsky's Improvisatory Style The predictive qualities of the Étude pour Pianola (1917) Stravinsky's appropriation of the "rag idiom" (1917) Stravinsky completes three works that were inspired by elements of ragtime (1918): (1) Ragtime (for piano and the same piece arranged for 11 Instruments), (2) "Ragtime" as one of the three dances in Histoire du soldat and (3) the last movement of Trois pièces pour clarinette. The two faces of Stravinsky's Piano-Rag-Music (1919): portrait or collage?

Chapter Five: Stravinsky's Compositional Process for Symphonies d'instruments à vent (191?-1920) and Concertino (1920) as understood through the overlapping of the musical sketches and the resulting sound blocks

Chapter Six: Les cinq doigts (1921) as a link between Pulcinella (1919-1920) and Mavra (1922) Commentaries by Poulenc, Schloezer, Cocteau and Mayakovsky with Stravinsky at the Pleyel Factory (November 18, 1922); retrospective commentaries about Mavra in Poetics

Chapter Seven: Stravinsky's Neoclassicism flourishes in Oktett (1919-1923) Experiments with Cinq pieces monométriques (-; 192?) Konzert (Piano and Winds) (1923-1924)

Chapter Eight: Stravinsky's models from the piano literature (by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin) NPR interview with Charles Rosen and Elliot Carter on Beethoven influences in the Sonata commentaries by Arthur Lourié, Boris deShloezer, Roman Vlad Sonate (Piano) (1924) Sérénade en la (1925)


ISBN: 9780199742936
ISBN-10: 0199742936
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 24th April 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.69