Stravinsky Spring Influences

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Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring is a representation of his Russian roots and everything that he celebrated. His Russian roots influenced him greatly throughout his career, writing compositions that reflected his life and Russia itself.

The symbol of Spring to them represents their new year such as a revival of the crops and fams that was crucial to living. Emboding the new beginnings, t
Born on June 17, 1882 in Oranienbaum, Russia, Igor Stravinsky was raised in St. Petersburg by his father and mother. Family already with a muscial background, Stravinsky did not want to pursue the same career as his father and mother. While attending the University of St. Petersburg, Stravinsky met Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov who changed his mind from studying law to become a music composer. After the arrival of the first World War, Stravinsky along with his wife and children fled from Russia. Stravinsky then proceeded to travel the world with his music. Though Stravinsky moved from New York City to Los Angeles, his time spent in Paris helped influence his inspiration for The Rites of Spring as the
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The piece opens with what seems to be sounds of a clarinet, but it is actually a bassoon reaching high notes in the key range. As the movement continues, the piece is in a steady beat of offbeats from the instruments replicating the praise towards Spring harvesting. The meter is at a steady at a pace longer than the usual 4/4. Although the music is steady, you hear the orchestra wanting to push the tempo, always on top of the beat, driving the music and dancing forward. Later in the piece, the music turns dark, changing keys, and the melody becomes obvious and simple, reflecting that of the indigenous people of Russia; possibly signalling the end of the piece or reflecting the nature of impending war that threatens the Russian
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