The Great Ballets
Firebird, Petrushka, Rite of Spring, Apollo.
Igor Stravinskiy is a great composer and his career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first became very famous with three ballets commissioned by Sergey Diaghilev: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and the Rite of Spring (1913). They were first performed in Paris by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and significantly transformed the way composers thought about rhythmic structure. One more wonderful ballet was composed a bit later between 1927 and 1928 and it is famous as Apollo (Apollon Musagete).
In Russia everyone has heard about great ballet Firebird by Stravinskiy at least once. The music of this composition is bright and colorful and you…show more content… It is carefully composed of popular intonation of Russian urban folklore. Music form of Petrushka is very unique and different from the others. Through this composition we feel the fun that takes place on the square in one or the Russian small cities. All melodies of this work are sustained in national spirit. They remind me about typical Russian celebration of Maslenica, where people have fun, play different games and of course eat pancakes.
In the ballet “Rite of Spring” rhythm became the dominant element. The entry of this composition creates a picture of the gradual awakening of the nature. This precise rhythm, against which you can hear many different flashing melodies. However, at some point this rapid pace is suddenly interrupted. Sound becomes more melodious and we feel how pace is accelerating and drums destroy this charm. We feel the power of nature and realize how it is magnificent.
When we talk about Apollo by Stravinsly we firstly think about something perfect. The perfection of movements, beauty of human body and incredible melody that helps us to fulfill out imagination with details. Igor Stravinskit created an ideal to which everyone should aspire. He reaches it by proportional dance and harmony of all movement. The dance of grace grabs our attention at one moment and every goddess desires Apollo in her hands.
Thinking about such a Great Ballets like “The Firebird”, “Petrushka”, “The rite of spring” and “Apollo” I feel a confusion when I