Essay on Petrouchka

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The contemporary ballet Petrouchka, was originally composed in 1910. The ballet tells the story of the loves and jealousies of three puppets. The three puppets are brought to life by The Charlatan during St. Petersburg's 1830 Shrovetide Fair and begin to develop emotions. Petruchka a traditional Russian puppet, made of straw and with a bag of sawdust as his body is in love with the Ballerina. The Ballerina rejects Petrouchka and begins to fall for the Moor. Hurt and angry from the rejection of the Ballerina, Petrouchka challenges the Moor to a duel. Petrouchka attacks the Moor, but quickly realizes he is too small and weak. Consequently, Petrouchka runs away with the Moor chasing him from behind. The Moor, soon after kills Petrouchka…show more content…
With their combination of fantasy, realism and bold use of color the costume designs were groundbreaking. The ballet’s overall look created an atmosphere that brilliantly illustrated its scenes and characters. The detailed costumes have many layers to them reflecting the harsh cold Russian climate. With so many layers to the costumes the dancers have restricted movement while dancing. Throughout the ballet scenery plays a major role in how we perceive each character. The Moor’s cell is brightly decorated and comfortably furnished. While, Petrouchka’s cell is extremely dark and dingy. The sharp contrast between the darkness of Petrouchka’s cell and the brilliant colors of the Moors cell express the conflicting personalities of both characters. Petrouchka is pathetic and frightened while the moor is self-satisfied and proud. Throughout the ballet music plays a vital role in expressing the mood and aura of the scenes. The original composer Igor Stravinsky, was one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. The music in Petrouchka is modern. It uses the music of the past, folk tunes and popular songs, but departs form the simplicity of these tunes. Stravinsky artistically keeps the listener off-balance by frequent meter changes and unpredictable accents. Music of the classical is smooth and blends together to create a balanced rhythm. While the music of the contemporary period is unique with
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