The New Musical Language of The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky

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2. Listen again to The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. Describe elements of this piece that helped shape a new musical language for the twentieth- century.
Elements of this piece that helped shape a new musical language for thee twentieth – century would consist of Stravinsky experimenting with rhythm and new combinations of instruments. The way he uses dissonance in his pieces as well polyphonic and polytonal textures. His ballets were strongly nationalistic but contained rites of Russia in ancient times. On the opening night of The Rite of Spring, he caused a riot to ensue because it wasn’t like a regular ballet, it was totally different. It consisted of no ballet dancing at all, but more of a chant dance, the different melodies and the change in dissonance caused the ballet to be viewed as a frightening experience to some. Spring is something that is viewed as beautiful, light, loving and this ballet showed none of this, from the point of view of those who attended that night.
The size of the orchestra expanded and consisted of more use of the brass and percussion. He liked creating a barbaric, primeval sound that created a pizzicato. He wanted to create a harsh loud sound; his use of melody and harmony creates static quality. The use of limited ranges and extensive repetition, he also liked using folk like repetition within his pieces. His harmonies include whole notes and eight note scales. The interaction he creates between rhythm and the meter is…